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The man at the centre of the Napier siege has been found dead inside a bedroom of his Chaucer Road property.
Police located his body in the master bedroom, one of several rooms they had been unable to view or have access to until around midday today.
Police are unable to say how the man died.
Superintendent Sam Hoyle, Eastern District Commander, said the house is still considered dangerous and has to be cleared by specialist staff. This could take some time.
No further details are available at this stage.
Cordons remain in place but they will be reviewed during the afternoon.
A media conference will be held at the Eastern Police District HQ, corner of Vautier and Dalton Streets at 2pm today.