Funeral planned for dead tramper

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 16:15 07/01/2013
Rex Taylor
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REX TAYLOR: It is believed he was doing volunteer track and hut maintenance when he fell over a bluff.

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A funeral for a Christchurch man who died after falling down a steep bluff while tramping on the West Coast will be held on Wednesday.

Rex Leslie Taylor's body was found in a creek in the Mikonui River area, south of Ross, on December 17 after a helicopter spotted clothing and a pack the day before.

A coroner confirmed the body as Taylor's two days later.

Taylor, 50, was reported overdue by his family on November 6, prompting extensive searches particularly in the intended route outlined in Taylor's final hut book entry at the Explorer Hut on October 23.

The entry, on October 23, said Taylor 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 carpark at the start of the track.

A death notice for former Upper Hutt man said he died "approximately on October 23".

The funeral service for Taylor is to be held in Upper Hutt.

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