28 Jun 2013

Hokianga woman died of foul play, say police

3:30 pm on 28 June 2013

A Hokianga woman missing for more than two weeks died of foul play, a post-mortem has confirmed.

Barbara Ann Moka.

Barbara Ann Moka. Photo: RNZ

Barbara Moka, 32, was found dead in a bush area near Te Piiti marae in Omanaia on Wednesday. She was last seen at a tangi on 9 June.

Police said full results from the post-mortem would not be available for a few weeks. However, the examination has confirmed they are dealing with a homicide.

A man appeared in the Kaikohe District Court on Wednesday charged with assaulting Ms Moka earlier this year and remains in custody.