Skeletal remains confirmed as missing Nomad gang associate

  • 20/10/2016
Palmiro MacDonald (Facebook)
Palmiro MacDonald (Facebook)

Skeletal remains found at the foothills of the Tararua Ranges earlier this month have been confirmed as missing Levin man Palmiro MacDonald.

Mr MacDonald was a known Nomad gang associate who had been missing since March.

Police say while the remains have been confirmed as the missing man, a forensic investigation is ongoing - as is an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Baskett hopes the discovery of Mr Palmiro's body will give his family and friends some closure.

"This is a significant event for the investigation as we continue to progress, however it's most significant for Mr MacDonald's whanau."

Earlier in the investigation police had been looking into a possible link between arson at a Hokio Beach property in March and Mr MacDonald's disappearance.

The property is believed to be owned by a number of Nomad Gang members.