Searchers find missing hunter’s campsite

Swedish national Hans Christian Tommarck has been missing for more than a week. Photos: NZ Police

UPDATE 6:15pm: Five search teams have been in the Karangarua Valley, near Fox Glacier today as the search for missing Swedish man Hans Christian Tommarck continues.

And the emergency services have revealed they have located a campsite believed to be that of the missing hunter, including a sleeping bag and tent.

The search focused on the upper reaches of Regina Creek this afternoon, in vastly improved weather conditions compared to yesterday.

According to Sergeant Mathew Tailby of West Coast Police Search and Rescue, searchers have been able to confirm a positive sighting of Mr Tommarck, which has helped search teams direct their efforts.

A helicopter has also assisted with an aerial search earlier today.

The search is expected to wind down this evening due to the tricky terrain and the need to rotate searchers, but will It resume tomorrow.

Earlier:

Police are continuing their search for a Swedish national who has gone missing in Karangarua Valley, south of Fox Glacier.

Hans Christian Tommarck, who is also known as ‘Christian’, went hunting by himself on Friday, May 12 but has not been seen since. The 27-year-old was due out three days ago.

A police spokesperson says three search teams, which remained in the area overnight staying in huts, are continuing their work today in the Karangarua area and the associated valleys.

“Joining the search today will be an alpine team, a Land SAR dog and additional Land SAR volunteers from Westport.

“Christian’s family in Sweden have been notified of the search and are being kept up to date on any developments.”

Police would still like to hear from anyone who has been in the Karangarua area, south of Fox Glacier, in the past week.

Anyone with any information or sightings is asked to contact Greymouth Police on 03 768 1600.


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