The search for Hokitika farm worker Corey Stephens, who
failed to return from a week-long hunting trip at the head of
the Wanganui River, near Hari Hari, will concentrate on the
lower reaches of the river and the beach.
West Coast search and rescue coordinator Sergeant Sean Judd
said a helicopter would sweep the area today, and if that was
unsuccessful the search would be called off.
"We intend to go back to the area when the river clears and
goes down," Mr Judd said.
Although it was being scaled right back, searchers had some
"unfinished business in a few places".
While "not optimistic" of finding the 35-year-old, they could
not say conclusively what had happened to him. Two personal
items found in the river - a tarpaulin and a distinctive hat
- had been positively identified as belonging to the missing
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