A search for a missing hunter in the Tasman District has been
scaled back to focus on a stretch of the Wanganui River.
Corey Aaron Stephens failed to returned from a week long
hunting trip from which he was due out last Friday.
Searchers were today focussing on the lower stretches of
Wanganui River, south of Hokitika, police said.
The search effort to date has not found any sign of Mr
Stephens except for two personal items in the river,
including a distinctive hat.
Several land search and rescue teams have scoured the valley
and a swift water rescue team had also been deployed on the
main Wanganui River, police said.
Mr Stephens had hired a personal locator beacon which had not