A family friend of the two men discovered in the Mamaku Forest this morning is asking for donations to help assist the grieving family.
Hawkes Bay midwife Annie Frogley, is asking for koha (donations) to help support the family.
“The Fleet family of Mamaku are suffering the worst possible loss of their loved ones James and Ray,” she says.
Annie, who is close friends with Bron Fleet, mother and wife of the two men, says she wants to help in any way she can.
“Her and her wonderful whanau hold a special place in my heart and I'm devastated for their loss,” she says.
“So many people are wanting to know what they can do to show their love and support for this grieving family and the wonderful men they have lost. This is a way that people can help in a practical way to help with the costs that will need to be taken care of at a sad time like this.”
“Funds [are to be] used to help with funeral, food and associated costs - to help ease the pressure on the family.”
“Any koha will be gratefully received.”
Rotorua Area Commander Inspector, Anaru Pewhairangi says investigations are still underway to find the cause of death for the two men.
“An investigation team of around thirty officers are currently working to piece together James' and Raymond's movements in the days leading up to their disappearance,” he says.
“Our focus right now is to establish what has happened so we can provide some answers to the Fleet and Newcombe whanau.”
All donations can be made to the Fleet Family Givealittle page.