Mystery still unsolved
Police send car death findings to coroner
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.