Dead man found on Coro track identified

Relatives have identified a man who was found dead on a popular Coromandel walking track on New Year's Day.

He was a 50-year-old man from Rotorua, Sergeant Damien O'Kane said. Police did not release his name.

The man was identified in Waikato Hospital last night and police did not believe the death was suspicious.

The matter has now been referred to the coroner.

Police were initially unable to establish the man's identity with a wedding ring their sole clue.

They had not received any calls that could help identify the man, who was found by walkers on Collins Track in the Puketui Valley, south of Tairua, about midday Wednesday.

Waikato police spokesman Andrew McAlley said it looked as though the man had fallen after slipping, suffering "pretty serious injuries".

He was carrying a black and grey backpack suitable for a day trip but did not have any form of identification.

He was also wearing a wedding ring, which suggested he had loved ones who would be concerned for his wellbeing.

Police called in forensic experts to try to identify him. 

Waikato Times