Police resume search for deadly mystery missile

23:04, Jun 22 2014
A photo of 22-year-old Rutger Hale and his girlfriend Danielle Oylear sits by his ashes
SAYING GOODBYE: A photo of 22-year-old Rutger Hale and his girlfriend Danielle Oylear sits by his ashes.

Police have resumed a search for the mystery object that killed Rutger Hale as he drove between Lake Hawea and Wanaka.

Hale, 22, was driving with his girlfriend Danielle Oylear on State Highway 6 on October 24 when an object smashed through the windscreen of his Subaru car, hit him on the head and exited through the rear window.

The object has not been identified, despite extensive searches and scientific analyses.

On Saturday seven members of a specialist police search group from Christchurch spent the day combing the roadside and scrub about 500 metres north of the spot where the mystery object struck the car.

Inquiry head Detective Sergeant Brian Cameron was on site and initially declined to talk to The Southland Times about the search, saying Hale's death was now before the coroner.

But he later said it was "simply a review of information" and part of a continuing investigation.


Oylear has said the object that killed her partner appeared to come off the back of a white utility vehicle, which has not been identified.

In February expert tests by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) in Auckland and the University of Otago provided little new information to advance the case.

Scientific analyses of parts of the car found the object contained fragments of common grade stainless steel and naturally occurring minerals common in the South Island.

An inquest is scheduled for September.

The Southland Times