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Body of missing French tourist found on beach


News from NZ Police
Police have today completed formal identification of the body found on Awatoto Beach on Friday. We can now confirm that it is missing 32-year-old French man Pierre Antoine Paludet.

Mr Paludet’s family has been advised and arrangements will be made to return his body to them.

Police have referred the matter to the Coroner.

We thank the Haumoana community for the information and assistance provided during our investigation into Mr Paludet’s disappearance.

News from NZ Police – January 19
Hawke’s Bay Police continue to investigate the disappearance of 32-year-old Frenchman Pierre Antoine Paludet who was last seen a week ago.

Police believe Mr Paludet and his vehicle were likely in the Haumoana beach carpark from Wednesday 10 January.He was last seen in the carpark early in the evening on Friday 12 January.

Mr Paludet was sleeping in his vehicle and cooking in the area around his car. Local residents had noticed a build-up of rubbish and his car seemingly abandoned, leading to the call to Police on the afternoon of Saturday.

Searches of the area have failed to locate Mr Paludet. We continue to liaise with his France-based family who are increasingly worried about Pierre. His lack of contact with them is described as completely out of character.

This Sunday, Police will be based at the Domain carpark in Haumoana. We urge anyone who has seen or spoken with Pierre, sighted his vehicle, or has any other information that may assist the investigation, to come and speak to Police staff in person on Sunday, or make contact via their local station or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


News from NZ Police – January 16
Hawke’s Bay Police helped by LandSAR and Surf Life Saving teams will today search the Haumoana reserve and estuary area for the missing French tourist Pierre Paludet. The 32-year-old was last seen in the area on Friday night.

Investigators are keeping an open mind about his disappearance and a thorough search of the area is the next step in the enquiry.

Police are following up a number of possible sightings of Pierre but still want to hear from anyone who might have seen him.

We are in close contact with his family who are very grateful for the support they have received from the Hawke’s Bay community.

News from NZ Police – January 14
Hawke’s Bay Police are searching for missing 32-year-old French tourist Pierre Paludet. The car he has been travelling in was found in a beach car park in Haumoana, east of Hastings on Friday .

Local residents contacted Police about the car which had been left in the car park for a number of days.

Pierre was last seen at his car on Friday morning. Police would like to hear from anyone who has information on his whereabouts. They are urged to contact Hastings Police on (06) 831 0700.

Police have received information from members of the public, via Facebook and in person at Police stations, and are following up this information. These include potential sightings elsewhere in the lower North Island, outside of Hawke’s Bay.

Police have been in touch with French authorities, who have also been of assistance.