Dead man found on Coro track identified

21:03, Jan 02 2014

Relatives have identified a man who was found dead on a popular Coromandel walking track on New Year's Day.

He was a 50-year-old man from Rotorua, Sergeant Damien O'Kane of the Tairua Police said.

He was identified in Waikato Hospital last night and police do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances in relation to the death.

The matter has now been referred to the coroner.

Police took three days to discover his identity and a wedding ring was the sole clue police had.

They had not received any calls over the first two days that could help identify the man who was found by walkers on Collins Track in the Puketui Valley, south of Tairua, about midday Wednesday.


Waikato police spokesman Andrew McAlley said 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. 

Waikato Times