By Alan Tristram
Kapiti Police were called to the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash on the Paekakariki Beach near Queen Elizabeth Park on the Kapiti Coast early this morning.
A member of the public walking along the beach found a dead man next to his motorcycle near the edge of the surf just after 7.10am this morning and called police.
The rider was still wearing his helmet.
But it is not known what caused the crash.
The Serious Crash Unit has been at the scene along with other investigators trying to establish what has happened.
Initially Police did not know the identity of the rider.
However, a woman has since rung police reporting that her partner did not return from a motorcycle ride last night in the same area.
He had left his home address around 9pm to go for a ride and had not returned.
It is believed that they are the same person.
The deceased is believed to be a 26 year old male from Paekakariki.
His name will be released once his identity has been confirmed and next of kin advised.