Hunt for 'missing' teen hits brick wall
Wanaka police want more information on the planned movements of a German teenager who possibly has not been seen in 10 days, before an intensive search is launched.
The teen, believed to be 19, was last seen in Dingle Burn on the east side of Lake Hawea after taking a day walk with a man who picked him up hitchhiking.
He raised the alarm after he had not heard from the teenager since October 19 and had concerns about weather in the area.
Wanaka police search-and-rescue incident controller Senior Constable Mike Johnston said a preliminary investigation had "hit a brick wall" after police were unable to confirm the name of the missing teen.
Police wanted to establish more details on the teen's planned movements before a search was launched, Mr Johnston said.
The pair had not agreed on an overdue date and the teenager could be out of the bush, Mr Johnston said.
"We haven't had anyone other than that person contact us," he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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