11 Jul 2021

Missing man dies after being found in bush

5:33 pm on 11 July 2021

A missing man who was found in bush in Whangārei this afternoon has not survived the ordeal.

New Zealand native rain forest.

File photo Photo: 123rf

Brian Bench, 72, was last seen alive on Wednesday night.

A search was launched and he was found at Parahaki this afternoon.

Despite efforts from emergency service staff, he died at the scene.

Police have thanked rescuers and members of the public who helped in the search.