Long search con­cludes


The bod­ies of two men who went missing in the Ton­gariro Na­tional Park in early Au­gust have been found.

Friends Ha¯ kopa Ngaronoa, 26, and Vin­cent Tau­rima, 21, dis­ap­peared af­ter they al­legedly fled from a po­lice chase on the Desert Road. Po­lice said they found their re­mains on Satur­day.

A car was aban­doned on a track by Tree Trunk Gorge Rd, off the Desert Road, mid-after­noon on Au­gust 12, po­lice said at the time.

Two days later, po­lice put out a state­ment say­ing they had se­ri­ous con­cerns for two men in their 20s who were lost in the bush – thought to be the driver and pas­sen­ger.

What turned into a four-week search through dense scrub was al­ready un­der way, and even­tu­ally in­volved po­lice, LandSAR, spe­cial­ist search teams, po­lice na­tional dive squad, dogs, and hun­dreds of vol­un­teers.

Many of the searchers were vol­un­teers and some trav­elled from as far as Auck­land and Welling­ton to help.

The men’s wha¯nau was in­formed that their bod­ies were found, and po­lice iwi li­ai­son of­fi­cers of­fered sup­port, po­lice said.

The bod­ies were re­moved from the na­tional park and were to be re­turned to their fam­i­lies.

The deaths will be re­ferred to the coro­ner.

Po­lice thanked ev­ery­one who as­sisted with the search.

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