Search and rescue after police chase
Searchers continued to comb the eastern fringes of Tongariro National Park yesterday after two fugitives go themselves lost.
By yesterday morning search teams had found clothing and an area where a fire had recently been lit, but still no sign of the two. The pair had earlier led police on a chase before becoming lost in the bush.
Five search teams, including two search and rescue dogs, have been searching the Tongariro National Park, since Sunday.
The men are believed to be missing at the far eastern edge of the Tongariro National Park.
Bay of Plenty Operations Manager Inspector Kevin Taylor said the search
area is in very dense bush which is very hard to push through.
The two men, aged in their 20s, are thought to be the same two who fled police in a stolen car on Saturday. Police attempted to stop the car at 3pm, before the driver fled at speed north on the Desert Road.
The car was eventually abandoned on a track off Tree Trunk Gorge Rd, off the Desert Road. The driver and passenger ran off into the bush.
‘‘The longer these young men are out there ill-prepared in a bush environment with adverse weather conditions the less likely it is there will be a successful outcome.’’
Two men who ran from the police now need their help after becoming lost in the bush.