A body has been found in Wellington’s waterfront by the Police National Dive Squad this morning.
Wellington District Police believe the body to be that of 30-year-old Sandy Calkin, although formal identification is yet to take place.
Police said he was located in the water near Queens Wharf at 10am on Saturday.
A statement made on behalf of the Calkin family said they had prayed for Sandy to be found safe and were struggling coming to terms with the news.
“We are devastated by this outcome, we had hoped and prayed that Sandy would be found safe and well,” the Calkin family said.
“We are however thankful that he has been found and will be returned to us.
“We loved Sandy dearly and his passing has left a massive hole in our lives.”
They thanked Wellington Police for working hard to find Sandy, and especially the Police Dive Squad who found Sandy in miserable conditions this morning.
Earlier this week police appealed for sightings of Calkin, who was first reported missing last weekend.
He was last seen by friends on Courtenay Pl about 1am on Saturday 10 July, and
CCTV footage showed him walking in a northerly direction on Queens Wharf near Shed 6 shortly later.
“We are especially thankful to the Police Dive Squad who found Sandy in miserable conditions this morning,” the Calkin family said.
“We ask that the media respect our privacy at this time while we grieve and process this tragedy.”
Police said they were making enquiries into Calkin’s death on behalf of the coroner, and the findings would be released when available.
They shared their condolences with Calkin’s family and thanked the public for their assistance in the search.
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