Police have recovered the fifth victim located at Loafers Lodge in Newtown following this week’s fire.
As with the bodies of four other victims already recovered, the detailed process of formal identification is now underway.
Meanwhile, teams are still working on the detailed forensic scene examination, which is expected to extend into next week.
‘Our staff are also continuing to contact families of those who were staying at Loafers Lodge who have been accounted for, so we can reassure them their loved ones are safe,’ said Inspector Dion Bennett, Acting Wellington District Commander.
The number of those accounted for remains at 99.
If you have made a report to Police of a missing loved one, and have since made contact with them, please get in touch with Police via 105 and quote Operation Rose.
Alternatively, you can go online using ‘Update Report’ and referencing Operation Rose, using the incident number generated at the time of making your report.
Police will provide further updates as appropriate.