Items released in tramper search
Police have released photos of items recovered during the search for a missing Christchurch tramper.
Rex Leslie Taylor, 50, was reported missing by his family on November 6 after he failed to return from a tramping expedition in the Mikonui River area, south of Ross, on the West Coast.
The search for Taylor was suspended on Monday, after extensive efforts failed to find him.
But blue pruning scissors were found at the bottom of the Mikonui Spur Bivouac and a knife cover, piece of bedroll, a pasta snack, plastic bag, saw blade and blade cover, and a nut bar wrapper were also found on an untracked ridge between Explorer Hut and the Mikonui Spur Bivouac.
Police are trying to establish if the items belong to Taylor and are appealing for anyone who has information regarding the items to come forward.
Taylor's final entry in the Explorer Hut book on October 23 said he planned to head back towards his vehicle in Totara Valley Rd, possibly via the Mikonui Spur Bivouac.
It said he expected to be out on October 25, but his car was found in the car park at the start of the track.
West Coast search and rescue co-ordinator Sean Judd said the items may have belonged to Taylor.
"We'll see what kind of response we get back from the photos. There's a couple of places of interest to us, we have to make a decision of whether to go back in and what resources we may need for it.
"If these items indicate we should go back in and investigate any particular area, we will," Judd said.
If you have any information that may be relevant to the search contact Judd on 03 788 8310.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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