While the body found in the Mamuku Forest last night has yet to be formally identified, Bay of Plenty Police are confident it is that of Jamie David Ginns, who yesterday shot and critically injured a woman near the Tokoroa Police Station.
Bay of Plenty District Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Tim Anderson, says members of the Armed Offenders Squad found the body near his vehicle in the Mamuku Forest, near Tokoroa, at around 7.30pm.
"No one is being sought in connection with Mr Ginns death and the matter has been referred to the Coroner. Equally, no one else is being sought in connection with yesterday's shooting of 36-year-old Matakapua Glassie.
“Today and through the coming week, our investigations will focus on the events surrounding the shooting in Tokoroa.
“I can confirm that these investigations will also include an incident on Friday, 2 December where Ginns is alleged to have tied up and assaulted another woman in Tokoroa.
“It's day two of the inquiry and we have a lot of people to talk to and ongoing inquiries to make.”
Detective Inspector Anderson says he is grateful for the support and provision of information from the Tokoroa public.
“Piecing together the sequence of events of the past two days will require further information from witnesses.
“I ask that they come forward to Tokoroa Police or provide information anonymously via the independent Crimestoppers line - 0800 555 111.
“This is a tragic event and we are greatly relieved no other members of the public were caught up in the shooting, given the number of people in town for the Santa parade.”