Bodies of two missing men found in Tongariro National Park



Police have this afternoon located the bodies of two men who went missing in the Tongariro National Park on Saturday 12 August 2017.

The men’s whānau have been informed and Police Iwi Liaison Officers are continuing to offer them support.

The men prevously named as Vincent Taurima and Hakopa Ngaronoa disappeared in the park on August 12.
It was reported they allegedly were in a stolen vehicle, prompting the police chase, heading into the bush off Tree Trunk Gorge Rd Desert Rd.

They made contact with police the next day, saying they were lost and cold and needed help.

The discovery of the men’s bodies follows an extensive search of the area by Police, LandSAR, specialist search teams, Police National Dive Squad, dogs, and hundreds of volunteers over the past four weeks.

Police would like to thank everyone who assisted with the search.

The men's bodies were found south of the Mangatawai stream between 1pm and 2.30pm and have been removed and will be returned to their families.

“It is important that we have been able to bring the men back to their whānau to provide them with a sense of closure at this difficult time,” says Senior Constable Barry Shepherd.

The men’s deaths will be referred to the Coroner.