3 Feb 2020

Second search for Swedish hunter unsuccessful

4:02 pm on 3 February 2020

The second search to locate the missing Swedish hunter Hans Christian Tornmarck, who went missing near Fox Glacier, has been unsuccessful.

Swedish national, Hans Christian Tommarck.

Swedish national, Hans Christian Tommarck. Photo: Supplied / New Zealand Police

Hans Tornmarck went hunting by himself in Karangarua Valley on 12 May, 2017 and has not been seen since.

In a statement, Police said bad weather, including snow, limited the area that could be covered.

They said his camp site had been located but they were unable to find the man.

"West Coast Police Search and Rescue (SAR) and partner agencies had been working for almost a year to return and resume the search when the weather and conditions were most favourable," they said.

"The area is two days walk from the road, between 800m-2000m above sea level and hazardous."

SAR has retrieved two deceased persons from the area in the last three years.

The search team was put together after a drone captured promising footage in early January.

Tornmarck's family were in the area during the latest search and brought a piece of granite from his native Sweden.

The search team built a rock cairn and placed the granite at the top where Tornmarck's campsite had been found.

"Our thoughts remain with Christian's family at this time," Police said.

Police reminded people to be prepared when they go into New Zealand wilderness and take a Personal Locator Beacon or an Inreach GPS.

The cairn put together by the search team with Swedish granite on top.

The cairn put together by the search team with Swedish granite on top. Photo: NZ Police

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