Searchers on West Coast find missing Swedish man's campsite

Hans Christian Tommarck has not been since since May 12.
NZ POLICE

Hans Christian Tommarck has not been since since May 12.

Searchers are yet to find a Swedish hunter missing on the West Coast, but believe they have located the man's sleeping bag and tent.

Rescue teams are this evening winding down their search for Hans Christian Tommarck. ​They will continue looking for the missing man on Sunday.

Tommarck went hunting by himself in Karangarua, south of Fox Glacier, on May 12 and has not been seen since. He was due out three days ago.

Sergeant Mathew Tailby​ on Saturday said five search teams had been scouring the Karangarua Valley, near Fox Glacier.

The teams remained in the area overnight, staying in huts.

Earlier, an alpine team, a land search and rescue dog and additional rescue volunteers from Westport joined the search.

Search teams have located what is believed to be Tommarck's campsite, including a sleeping bag and a tent.

Tailby said the effort was expected to wind down this evening due to the tricky terrain and the need to rotate searchers.

"They have been focusing on the upper reaches of Regina Creek this afternoon, in vastly improved weather conditions on yesterday.

"Based on inquiries made, searchers have been able to confirm a positive sighting of Mr Tommarck, which has helped search teams direct their efforts.

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"A helicopter has assisted with an aerial search today.

Tommarck's family in Sweden had been notified and were being kept up to date on any developments, police said.

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 information or sightings is asked to contact Greymouth Police on (03) 768 1600.

 - Stuff

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