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Body of trapper found in Otago

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/03/2017

The body of a missing ferret trapper has been found in the Falls Dam area of Otago where he had been working.

Ross Andrew Gerken, 63, of Manapouri went into the Falls Dam area on Saturday morning and was due out about 3pm, says Detective Sergeant Derek Shaw.

He was reported overdue on Saturday night and family, local farmers and police started a land and air search for him in the early hours of Sunday morning.

His body was found by a ground-based team about 6.10am on Sunday.

Mr Gerken's death has been referred to the coroner.

Worksafe New Zealand have been advised.

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