27 Jun 2011

Body of German tramper found

6:07 am on 27 June 2011

Search and rescue staff in Wanaka have found the body of a German tramper missing in Mt Aspiring National Park.

The body of Julian Stukenborg, was found during an aerial search of the Cascade Saddle region on Sunday, Senior Constable Mike Johnston of in Wanaka police said.

Mr Stukenborg had made an entry in the log book at a Matukituki Valley hut on 17 June saying he planned to tramp over the Cascade Saddle into the Dart Valley, then onto the Route Burn track, finishing in Te Anau.

The 23-year-old had not been seen or heard from since then and police say he was reported missing on 23 June, after he had failed to make planned email contact with a friend.

Senior Constable Johnston said Mr Stukenborg fell 200 metres down a steep gorge in the Matukituki Valley, and would have died immediately.

He said while there would not have been much snow in the area, the ground would have been frozen.

Mr Stukenborg's next of kin have been informed and there will be a coroner's inquiry into his death.