Wedding ring only clue to dead man

Last updated 05:00 03/01/2014

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A wedding ring is the only clue police have so far to the identity of a man whose body was found on a Coromandel bush track on New Year's Day.

But despite this, they have yet to receive 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.

Forensic experts have now been called in to identify the man, aged between 35 and 45.

Waikato police spokesman Andrew McAlley said at this stage 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.

Sergeant Damien O'Kane said police were using forensic experts to try to identify him.

"We currently have a fingerprints expert examining the man and if this is unsuccessful we can look at using the services of a forensic dentist but we would still like to hear from anyone who has a male friend or relative unaccounted for," Mr O'Kane said.

The man is described as Caucasian, and was wearing a dark blue and grey T-shirt, blue shorts and black boots.

Mr O'Kane said it was too early to speculate on how he had died.

Anyone with information can contact Mr O'Kane at the Tairua Police Station on 07 858 6200.

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