Body found in Popua waterway identified

The man whose body was found in the Popua waterway has been named as 22-year-old Kevini Maka of Pātangata.

Police forensic unit pulled his body from the waterway on Tuesday afternoon.

It is understood Police were awaiting an autopsy report to determine the cause of Maka’s death.

The deceased’s friends and relatives were shocked by the news of his death.

A Facebook user who goes by the name Fiufeinga ki he Lelei Taha lamented Maka’s death and wrote that if he was still staying with them in Talafo’ou he was still alive.

Another Facebook user wrote she was devastated after she found out the body Police were seeking help to identify yesterday was that of Maka.

One commentator has described him as “always smiling” and “enjoyed playing with kids”.

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