Two bodies have been located of men who went missing in the Tongariro National Park.
Friends Hakopa Ngaronoa, 26, and Vincent Taumira, 21, went missing after they allegedly fled from a police chase on the Desert Road on Saturday, August 12.
The men’s whanau have been informed and police Iwi Liaison Officers are continuing to offer them support.
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 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 whanau 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.