Body found on Horsham Downs farm

Police carA homicide investigation has been launched after a body was found in Horsham Downs.

A local farmer called the police on Monday after finding the man’s body, now identified as 40-year-old Sao Young, of Hamilton.

Police told RNZ they’ve completed a forensic examination and an investigation team is working to establish how he got to the farm.

Gail Riddell, a Gordonton local,  was driving down Ballard Rd yesterday morning and saw three parked cars on the road – “There were about six cops walking along the drain on a farm, they seemed to be searching it.”

The NZ Herald says police are appealing to anyone who may have seen Sao Young in and around Hamilton between early last month and Monday.


  • If you have any information contact police on 105 or anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.


This is the second body found in Gordonton in recent times, murdered Australian tourist Sean McKinnon’s body was inside a van dumped on Puke Rd last August.



Police investigate campervan Puke Rd Photo
Police investigate campervan Puke Rd in August 2019. Photo: Annette Taylor,



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