Rescuers have reached a hut they had hoped a missing French
tramper was saying in, only to find he was not there.
West Coast police and search and rescue volunteers have been
looking for 32-year-old Yohan Simon.
The man known as Yoyo was dropped off at the Karamea Bluff on
Happy Valley Saddle on Friday 18 October, and was to be
collected by a friend the following Monday.
A helicopter today reached a hut in the Little Wanganui area,
near Falls Creek where it was hoped Mr Simon may be, but
there was no trace of him.
Police now believe he may have walked out of the area and are
appealing to members of the public for information as to his
He has light brown dreadlocks and is carrying a backpack.
Anyone who has seen Mr Simon or knows where he may be should
The operation is now in continued limited search mode
awaiting further information.