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Foot found on NZ beach identified as belonging to missing Samoan man

compiled by Samoa News staff

Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Police have identified the owner of a foot found on Petone Beach on March 25. The beach is located on the northern side of Wellington Harbor.

Stuff New Zealand reports DNA confirmed it belonged to a Petone man, Fiva Pita, 74, who went missing before Christmas.

Wellington Detective Sergeant Martin Todd said the disappearance, reported by family, was not thought to be suspicious.

”Despite an extensive search by police since the initial remains were discovered, further remains have not been located.”

Pita came to New Zealand from Samoa in the early 1970s and in recent years survived a cancer diagnosis, quit smoking and alcohol and became a vegan.

A skilled sportsperson, he was involved in a Samoan golfing team that travelled overseas in the last few years.

Pita was regularly seen reading for hours in the public libraries.

Family had appealed for sightings of him after he went missing around Christmas, saying his lack of contact was well out of character.

(Source: Stuff NZ)