Po­lice talk to link with tram­per

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

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.

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