More remains found as police attempt to identify body washed up on North Canterbury beach

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Police believe the human remains found on a beach in North Canterbury are those of a man who is not from the area.

The skeletal remains were found by a dog walker Thursday morning on the stony beach at Leithfield, a remote part of the Hurunui Coast about 40 kilometers north of Christchurch.

Things understands that the remains were partial and that they are those of a deceased person in recent weeks.

More remains were discovered as police again combed the beach on Friday. It is understood that a car was also found nearby, but officers were unable to identify its owner.

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Although the coroner has yet to officially identify the deceased, it is understood that police believe the person is a male who does not live in the immediate vicinity.

The results of the autopsy carried out on Friday have not yet been released and the man’s cause of death is still under investigation.

Police are transporting human remains from Leithfield Beach north of Christchurch after they were discovered by a dog walker.

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Police are transporting human remains from Leithfield Beach north of Christchurch after they were discovered by a dog walker.

“Police are continuing to investigate the human remains on Leithfield Beach yesterday,” Master Sgt Stephen McDaniel said earlier Friday.

“Although police have yet to identify the remains, we are convinced the deceased is an adult.”

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Officers taped several hundred yards from the beach after being alerted to the sinister discovery around 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Talk to Things From the scene, McDaniel said the remains were discovered at high tide by someone walking his dog.

“A full medical examination will be done to identify age and whether it is male or female.”

Police established a perimeter around a long stretch of the beach as they scoured it for evidence and remains.

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Police established a perimeter around a long stretch of the beach as they scoured it for evidence and remains.

About seven policemen were on the beach, and surprised locals came down to watch the scene unfold.

Officers gently removed a piece of driftwood before carefully wrapping the remains in plastic sheeting, placing them in a blue bag, and lifting them onto a stretcher, which they walked along the beach to to a waiting police vehicle.

The remains were washed away around 11:30 a.m., before the perimeter was removed at around 12:10 p.m.

A beach fisherman said a cockle dredger passed through the area on Wednesday.

Officers scour remote North Canterbury beach after Thursday's discovery.

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Officers scour remote North Canterbury beach after Thursday’s discovery.

Police said the remains washed up on the beach.

“The remains were located by a member of the public who notified police just after 8:30 am,” a spokeswoman said.

“At this time, the remains have not been identified and the circumstances are unknown. “

Maritime NZ was not involved in the police investigation

“There are no Maritime NZ-led search and rescue operations in the area involving a missing person,” a spokesperson said.

Anyone with any information or concerns should contact the police on 111 and mention event number P049212549.

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