20 Aug 2017

Beanie found in search for two missing men

10:16 am on 20 August 2017

Another item of clothing has been found in the search for two men lost in Tongariro National Park.

The Police National Dive Squad searched the Matawai Stream.

The Police National Dive Squad searched the Matawai Stream. Photo: NZ Police

The men fled into the Kaimanawa Forest after a police pursuit last Saturday and discarded clothing was found on Monday.

Inspector Tony Jeurissen said a beanie was found yesterday and the search would continue today.

He said most of the 101 people who took part in yesterday's search are expected to continue helping today.

Mr Jeurissen said many of them are volunteers and travelled from as far as Auckland and Wellington to assist.

The Police National Dive Squad also completed a thorough search of Matawai Stream and the area which joins Tongariro River.

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