Police fear for tramper after pack found

04:49, Mar 02 2014
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MISSING: German tramper Christian Prehn.

Search teams spent today scouring Nelson Lakes National Park for a German tourist who may have been missing for up to a week but found no sign of him.

Three ground teams, including a search and rescue dog, are searching in the Travers Saddle area for signs of Christian Ulf Erik Prehn, 19.

A helicopter was also involved in the search.

On Friday, Department of Conservation staff alerted police after they were informed a tramper's pack had been left beside the track on the Travers Saddle.

The pack was located yesterday, and inquires with other trampers in the area suggest it may have been there for up to a week.

Police today confirmed the abandoned pack belonged to Prehn.


Senior constable Dave Colville, of Nelson Bays Search and Rescue, said police had identified a tramper who shared a hut with Prehn and would be speaking with him today to try to establish what the missing man's intentions were. They would also like to speak with a German woman called Angela Bähr who is believed to have spoken witht the missing man at a hut.

The weather in the area today was good, although heavy rain is expected tonight. Snow fell in the area on Friday.

Police would like to hear from anyone who has been in contact with Prehn or anyone tramping in the Travers Saddle area in the last week.

Prehn arrived in New Zealand in October last year on a one year tourist visa.

Police have been in contact with his parents in Germany. 

Anyone with information that may assist this search should call Nelson police on (03) 546 3840. Weather permitting, the search will continue tomorrow.

Fairfax Media