Diver squad find missing pig hunter on lake bed
The body of missing Ohaupo pig hunter Kevin Hayward was found on Monday.
A police dive squad discovered Mr Hayward’s body on the bed of Lake Waipapa, on the Waikato River, adjacent to where his clothes were found last Friday. His father, Doug Hayward, said he had given up hope his son was alive.
He believed his son had died after diving naked into the river to wrestle a wild pig.
‘‘I hope we can find him but I don’t believe he’s alive,’’ he said.
Hunting alone, Kevin Hayward had been missing for six nights in rugged bush 50km west of Taupo before his body was found.
The death, which is not suspicious, has been reported to the coroner.