Murder investigation after Shropshire man's body found in New Zealand

A murder investigation has been launched after a man from Shropshire was found dead at a remote campsite in New Zealand.

The Bushlands campsite in Tangarakau. Photo: Google
The Bushlands campsite in Tangarakau. Photo: Google

Adrian Humphreys, 57, who was originally from Wellington in Telford, was found dead at Bushlands campsite in Tangarakau.

He had lived in Broadway, Ketley, and attended Manor School in Hadley before studying at New College in Wellington.

Mr Humphreys' body was discovered at 7am on May 7.

Before emigrating to New Zealand, Mr Humphreys had served as a medic with the RAF, being posted to RAF Hospital Ely following his training.

The 57-year-old, who lived in the city of Rotorua on New Zealand's North Island, he was granted New Zealand citizenship in 2013.

He had worked as an anaesthetic technician for Southern Cross Healthcare for the past eight years.

The campsite is in one of the most isolated parts of the country and is a two-and-a-half hour drive from New Plymouth.

Police said there were a number of people staying in tents and cabins on the night before Mr Humphreys’ body was discovered.

Southern Cross Healthcare chief executive Chris White spoke of his sadness at Mr Humphreys’ death.

“The entire Southern Cross Healthcare family is shocked and saddened by Adrian’s sudden death,” Mr White said.

“We extend our deepest condolences to his family and to our Rotorua hospital team, who have lost a much respected and valued member.”

“Our thoughts and condolences are with his loved ones and friends at this extremely difficult time.”

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