Body found in Northland confirmed as missing gang member Kimble Moore

The body found in rural Northland on Thursday has been confirmed as 48-year-old Kimble Moore.

Moore, a patched member of the Tribesmen Motorcycle Club, had been missing since March 17 and police last month upgraded the investigation into his disappearance to a homicide.

A police spokeswoman said on Friday afternoon that officers' thoughts were with Moore's family.

"We hope that they will get some degree of comfort knowing that they will now be able to bring their whanau member home."

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She said the focus of the police remained on the investigation and bringing the person or people responsible for his death to justice.

"A scene examination is still underway at the site where the body was recovered but is expected to be completed later this evening."

Earlier, Moore's family said they were hopeful the body was that of their relative.

Moore's sister Marama Moore said she had been waiting for updates on whether the body found in bushland near Kaitaia would be formally identified as her brother.

She said the family wanted closure after months of searching. 

When they heard a body was discovered on Thursday "we were happy, very happy", she said.

"We haven't been given any confirmation yet, we're still waiting. We are very hopeful.

"We just want closure."

Marama Moore said the police had done a good job searching for her elder brother, who was last seen in Taipa, east of Kaitaia.

"I think they did their best for the situation," she said.

Detective Senior Sergeant Rhys Johnston said a police specialist search unit working with cadaver dogs discovered the body, that "may have been there for some time".

The identification of Moore's body comes less than two months after his brother Gary Moore's body was found dead by his partner at his Otara home on July 31.

Teina Taunga, 29, has been charged with his murder. He pleaded not guilty and will reappear in the High Court in September.

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