5 Feb 2013

Woman's body found on Napier beach

4:27 pm on 5 February 2013

Police are investigating the death of a middle-aged woman following the discovery of a body on Westshore Beach on the outskirts of Napier on Tuesday morning.

Detective senior sergeant Dave de Langesays members of a local surf club found the body about 9.30am when they went to the beach for training.

He says it appears the woman was in the water for only a short time prior to her death.

Mr de Lange says the body hasn't yet been identified and a post mortem will be held in Wellington on Wednesday.

He says a small motor home which police believe the woman used was found in a carpark near the beach.