Search con­tin­u­ing

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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.

Stu­dents see hard-hit­ting demo

Wakatipu High School Year 11 stu­dents were given a hard-hit­ting demon­stra­tion of a car crash last week. Po­lice, St John and the Fire Ser­vice staged a fa­tal crash sce­nario at the Queen­stown Events Cen­tre, walk­ing stu­dents through the steps when emer­gency ser­vices re­spond to a se­ri­ous crash. Pupils were used as ex­tras for the sce­nario be­fore head­ing into the cen­tre for

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