Police talk to link with tramper
Invercargill police have made contact with the man who travelled from Te Anau to the Homer Tunnel carpark with missing tramper Christine Lenicker.
The man visited Stratford police station in the Taranaki region and gave his contact details to police.
Police released CCTV footage of him last week in hopes he might be able to shed some light of Lenicker’s travel plans.
A police spokesperson said the man was now back in Germany and supplied police with the last known location he saw Lenicker.
The information he provided helped with the search, the spokesperson said.
A ground search was completed on Sunday which consisted of eight Land Search and Rescue search teams on the ground into the Homer Valley route towards Mount McPherson.
‘‘Unfortunately this did not result in anything further.’’
The search was suspended on Monday due to adverse weather conditions but police hope to search some further areas after the snow has melted, the spokesperson said.
Lenicker has been missing since she failed to return from a hike she took on the Gertrude Saddle on March 30.
A friend from Nelson reported her missing on April 10 and there have been a number of searches for her.
Last Wednesday police secured her Honda Odyssey, which had been left at the Homer Tunnel car park. It is now at the Te Anau police station.
Lenicker has been in New Zealand since March 8, and Kean said police had been in contact with her family and the German Embassy.
Missing German tourist Christine Lenicker.
Police have made contact with this man who was travelling with missing tramper Christine Lenicker.