More have joined the hunt for missing trampers Jessica O’Connor and Dion Reynolds as bad weather looms.
The pair have not been heard from for two weeks, after heading into Kahurangi National Park on May 9. Both were described by Dion Reynolds’ father, Tony Reynolds, as having “good experience” in the outdoors.
On Saturday a team from Alpine Cliff Rescue Mt Cook joined the existing search parties of volunteers, Police, New Zealand Defence Force, Search and Rescue, and Fire and Emergency NZ.
The search has so far discovered “items of interest” at an old campsite near the Webb river, which may have been used by the pair. No other trace has been found.
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The police said on Saturday afternoon that they were “making plans for incoming bad weather”.
There is a heavy rain warning in place for parts of the Tasman region, including the general area where the pair are believed to be.
Police continue to ask for anyone who has been around the Anatori, Webb, Kokopu, Independent and Fraser rivers since May 8 to get in touch.
Anyone with information should contact Police on 105 and quote event number P042228949.