Mys­tery still un­solved

Po­lice send car death find­ings to coroner

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Sci­en­tists have been un­able to help iden­tify the ob­ject that killed Rut­ger Hale as he drove be­tween Lake Hawea and Wanaka.

Hale, 22, died on Oc­to­ber 24 as he was driv­ing with girl­friend Danielle Oylear on State High­way 6.

An ob­ject thought to be the size of a brick smashed through Hale’s wind­screen, hit him in the head, then smashed out through the rear win­dow.

Po­lice said on Mon­day anal­y­sis of ma­te­rial taken from Hale’s car showed the un­known ob­ject was made of, or con­tained frag­ments of stain­less steel of a com­mon grade used in ve­hi­cle parts and other ev­ery­day items such as tools and cook­ware.

The ob­ject also had com­mon min­er­als nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring in soil or dirt in the South Is­land, po­lice said.

The anal­y­sis by ESR and the Univer­sity of Otago had pro­vided lit­tle new in­for­ma­tion to ad­vance the case.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Mal­colm Inglis said "our thoughts are with the fam­ily and friends of Rut­ger Hale as we are at this stage un­for­tu­nately un­able to progress the case to any sat­is­fac­tory con­clu­sion."

Find­ings made so far would be re­ferred to the coroner.

Oylear has said the ob­ject that killed Hale ap­peared to come off the back of a white util­ity ve­hi­cle which was trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

Case still open: Rut­ger Hale, 22, who was killed by amys­tery ob­ject when he was driv­ing be­tween Lake Hawea and Wanaka in Oc­to­ber.

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