Police resuming a search for the mystery object that killed 22-year-old Rutger Hale between Wanaka and Lake Hawea have failed to recover anything of significance.
Detective Sergeant Brian Cameron, of Queenstown, said ‘‘a search was conducted on Saturday in a specific area as a result of a review of information gathered as part of the investigation.
‘‘Police regularly review information held in cases such as this to ensure that as much as possible, all avenues have been explored.
‘‘As a result of the search nothing of significance was found,’’ Cameron said.
Hale, 22, was driving with his girlfriend Danielle Oylear on State Highway 6 on October 24 when an object smashed through the windscreen of his Subaru car, hit him on the head and exited through the rear window.
The object has not been identified, despite extensive searches and scientific analyses.
On Saturday seven members of a specialist police search group from Christchurch spent the day combing the roadside and scrub about 500 metres north of the spot where the mystery object struck the car.
Oylear has said the object that killed her partner appeared to come off the back of a white utility vehicle.
On Monday she said she was happy police had returned to the site of the crash and remained working on the case.
‘‘It’s nice to know they are still thinking about it (the crash) and it’s not over and done with,’’ she said.
Hale’s case is before the coroner and an inquest is scheduled for September.
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