Search for missing hunter

22:34, Dec 11 2012

A search is continuing today for an 84-year-old hunter in the Nelson Lakes area.

Sergeant John Maxwell, of Nelson, said Feilding man David Roy  Marston, known as Roy, was hunting in a party of six on Monday and was based at the Sabine Hut in the Lake Rotoroa area.

The group planned to hunt until 5pm on Monday, then meet at a designated point, but Marston failed to arrive. 

Mr Marston was hunting in the Maori Creek area on the south side of the lake.

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter was used in the search of the area yesterday and also flew along the lake’s shoreline.

A dog handler found two footprints that could belong to the missing man. The search followed that direction. Four search teams were in the field yesterday and new teams were to go into the field today.

Mr Marston was an experienced hunter, who was fit and healthy and well prepared to survive a night in the bush, police said. However, he was not familiar with the area and it had steep, bushy terrain. 

Mr Marston had hunted in the North Island’s Ruahine Ranges since he was 18. He had no medical conditions.

Mr Maxwell said he was still hopeful of finding Mr Marston alive, but the longer the search went on the more concerning it was.

He had been in contact with his family, who were obviously concerned. Members of his hunting party had also joined the search.


The Nelson Mail