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Tramper believed missing in Nelson Lakes National Park

Tramper believed missing in Nelson Lakes National Park

Police have concerns for a tramper believed missing in the Nelson Lakes National Park.

Department of Conservation staff alerted Police on Friday when they were informed about a tramper's pack which had been left beside the track on the Travers Saddle. The pack was located today and inquiries with other trampers in the area now suggest it may have been there for up to a week.

There have been no reports of anyone overdue from a tramp in the area and Police are very keen to establish who owns the property.

Senior Constable Dave Colville of Nelson Bays Search and Rescue said inquiries so far suggested that the owner could be Christian Ulf Erik PREHN aged 19, however that has not been confirmed.

Police would like to hear from anyone who has information as to the whereabouts of Mr Prehn, or anyone who has information that may assist in identifying the owner of the pack.

The pack is a grey Lowe Apine brand and is well-equipped with food for several days, a sleeping bag, clothing an emergency shelter and other personal items including contact lens solution. Some of the items in the pack appear to be of German origin.

The pack also has a rubber ice hockey supporter's tag for Krefeld Pinguine, a German team.

Anyone with information that may assist this search should call Nelson Police, Ph 03 546 3840.

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