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Search for Fox Glacier hunter called off

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/05/2017
Swedish national, Hans Christian Tommarck © NZ Police Swedish national, Hans Christian Tommarck

The search for a missing Swedish man near Fox Glacier has been called off by police.

Hans Christian Tornmarck, 27, went hunting by himself in the isolated Karangarua Valley, south of Fox Glacier on the West Coast, on May 12 and was due out on May 17.

Four search teams, including Land SAR volunteers, located his sleeping bag and tent on Saturday but there have been no further sightings or items of interest found since.

West Coast Police area commander Inspector Mel Aitken says search teams have left the area until further leads come to light.

"Search and rescue teams have worked tirelessly over the past week, unfortunately not reaching the outcome we all hoped for," he said.

"Extensive efforts have been put into searching what is an extreme, raw and unforgiving environment deep in the heart of south Westland."

Anyone who may have been in the Karangarua Valley area and saw Mr Tornmarck over the past two weeks is asked to contact police.

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