UPDATE: Missing man Brian Bench

Police can confirm missing man Brian Bench has sadly passed away.

Brian was located in a bush area of Parahaki, Whangarei this afternoon.

Despite efforts from emergency service staff, he sadly passed away at the scene.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time.

We’d like to thank all the members of the public for their overwhelming support, those who assisted with the search on Saturday and those who provided information to Police.

We’d also like to thank the Land Search and Rescue staff for their tireless work over the past few days while searching for Brian.

Next of kin have been advised and his death will be reported to the Coroner.

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