Couple missing in Kahurangi National Park
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/search-commences-overdue-trampers Police are asking for the public's help to locate two trampers who failed to return from the Kahurangi National Park when expected. Jessica O'Connor and Dion Reynolds, both 23 and from the Tasman area, started out on 9 May and have not yet returned. The pair are understood to have entered near the Anatori River car park. Police staff commenced a search today. This will resume again tomorrow morning. Police are asking for anyone who has been around the Anatori, Webb, Kokopu, Independent and Fraser rivers since 8 May and who may have seen the pair to get in touch. Anyone with information should contact Police on 105 and quote event number P042228949.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-search-missing-tasman-trampers The search continues this morning for the two missing trampers, Jessica O'Connor and Dion Reynolds, both 23, who failed to return from the Kahurangi National Park. The pair are understood to have entered the Anatori River car park. They started out on 9 May and have not yet returned. Five teams made up of Golden Bay, Motueka, Nelson LandSAR volunteers and Police staff are searching the Anatori River area today. A specialist search dog from Blenheim is also assisting with the search. Police are asking for anyone who has been around the Anatori, Webb, Kokopu, Independent and Fraser rivers since 8 May and who may have seen the pair to get in touch. Anyone with information should contact Police on 105 and quote event number P042228949.
All these streams and rivers mentioned- Anatori, Webb, Kokopu, Independent and Frazer - seem to be pretty damn tight and gnarly on the Topo map to me. Alternatively, the ridges are at about 5-900m and have quite wide plateaus, but no tracks. Searchers are referring to the density of the bush, so very slow going. Hard to know what they were thinking. At least the weather has been kind. Here's hoping there's good news soon.
Ugh. Things aren't looking good if some kind of clue isn't dug up soon on where and when they might have even been trying to be. > Despite the area covered and the growing resources thrown at the search, Cogger said this lack of firm details regarding the pair's intentions made it difficult to narrow down a possible route taken by the pair.
Found alive. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/417655/missing-trampers-dion-reynolds-and-jessica-o-connor-found-alive-police-confirm
Awesome news, I honestly thought they had not survived after all this time
Each had minor injuries (apparently Jessica had a fall at some point?), they lit a fire, smoke spotted by searchers.
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