The mystery object that killed Rutger Hale as he drove
near Wanaka last year contained stainless steel used in vehicle
parts, tests have revealed.
The object, which has not been located, fatally injured Mr
Hale (22) on October 24 when it crashed through the
windscreen of his car as he drove between Lake Hawea and
It has never been found but fragments recovered from the
crashed car were sent to both ESR and the University of Otago
The tests revealed that the unknown object was made of or
contained fragments of stainless steel of a common grade used
in vehicle parts and other everyday items such as tools and
The object also comprised common minerals naturally occurring
in soil or dirt in the South Island.
Police said in a statement today the case remains open and if
any new information comes to hand it will be investigated
"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Rutger Hale
as we are at this stage unfortunately unable to progress the
case to any satisfactory conclusion," says Detective Senior
Sergeant Malcolm Inglis.
Police say that investigation findings will now be referred
to the coroner.