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101 people assist in Tongariro search

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In the search for two missing men, 101 people have been involved with today’s operation in Tongariro National Park.

The searchers, most of whom are volunteers, travelled from as far as Auckland and Wellington to assist.

Most of them are expected to continue tomorrow.

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

Photos are attached.

Based on today’s search, Inspector Tony Jeurissen says further plans are being put in place.

"Unfortunately, the two men have still not been found but searchers remain determined to find them," he says.

"As a result of everyone’s relentless focus, we continue to find items of interest."

A beanie was found today, providing another clue for the search management team.

"These small developments keep everyone going each day," says Inspector Jeurissen.

"With the continued dedication from all the volunteers, we will bring these men home to their whānau.

"I am so grateful for the enthusiasm from so many people all week and for the ongoing support from Ngāti Tūwharetoa."

Police and LandSAR teams will continue with the search tomorrow.

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