Nelson police have called off searchers from the Golden Bay end of the Heaphy track after the last known sightings of missing man Andrew Ross White placed him closer to Karamea.
Police yesterday appealed to the public for information on Mr White, 55, who was last seen entering the Heaphy track from Golden Bay on August 6.
Sergeant Steve Savage, of Nelson, said today a DOC worker and a group of trampers saw Mr White near an area called Kohaihai on August 9 and 10. The search will now be conducted by Westport police operating out of Karamea.
"They're good sightings and the track wasn't busy at the time," he said.
He said there was a chance Mr White had left the Heaphy track as the sightings had placed him close to the road, but police were still worried about his welfare. He was not well-equipped for the tramp, and has been missing since August 6.
"It's odd, he's been only a short distance from the road ... people do survive for long amounts of time, but given the amount of time he's been missing, it's concerning."
Mr White is described as European, about 175cm tall, of thin build with grey hair and balding on top. He wears blue-framed glasses and was likely to be wearing a baseball cap. He sometimes goes by the name Ross Andrews.
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