Diver squad find miss­ing pig hunter on lake bed

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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