As stated by Nelson Bays Area Commander Inspector Matt Scoles:
Police can confirm the body located at Cape Foulwind has been identified as Mikhail Buchanan.
A formal identification process has now been completed and we can confirm the body is that of Mikhail, who went missing at Maruia Falls in June.
I want to acknowledge Mikhail’s family, who have been through an extremely distressing past few months.
We hope that by bringing Mikhail home to his whanau provides them with some closure.