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After five days, official search ends for missing 26-year-old Dutch tourist

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The parents of the missing Dutch tourist in the search area yesterday. Photo: NZ Police.

News from NZ Police
The search for 26 year old Dutch tourist Ken Boogers has now gone into “continuous limited search mode” which means no official search teams will be put into the field until new information comes to light to direct a search.

Search coordinator Sergeant Michael Fitzsimons said the area of interest had been extensively searched over the past week and all available assets, including dogs, helicopters and the Navy had been utilised. There has been no confirmed sign of Mr Boogers since he was seen about midday last Saturday.

Despite the official search being on hold, today Mr Boogers’ parents and members of the Golden Bay community, with local Police, will be back searching again today for some trace of the missing man.

Sergeant Fitzsimons said Police were extremely grateful for the time and effort put in over the past week by a large team of search and rescue volunteers.

He said the Golden Bay community had also rallied around Mr Boogers’ parents and they had received generous offers of assistance.

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News from NZ Police – March 25
Search and rescue teams, including specialist search dogs from Canterbury, have again failed to find any trace of missing Dutch tourist Ken Boogers after a third day of searching.

Mr Boogers was last seen on the Pillar Point track which is in the area between Wharariki and Puponga in Golden Bay on Saturday. There have been no further confirmed sightings.

The weather has remained fine today in the search area. Searchers are now pulling out for the night and the search will resume at first light on Thursday.

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Earlier News from NZ Police
Searching has resumed for the third day for the missing Dutch tourist Ken Boogers. He was last seen on Saturday on the Pillar Point track between Wharariki and Puponga in Golden Bay. This morning three ground teams with two specialist search dogs are scouring the area for any sign of the missing man.

The weather in the search area is again fine today however concern is growing for Mr Boogers’ welfare given the length of time he has been unaccounted for.

Search coordinator Sergeant Mike Fitzsimons said despite extensive searching which was now into its third day by a large number of LandSAR personnel and Police no sign of Mr Boogers had been found.

Police would like to speak to anyone who has seen Mr Boogers since Saturday. Anyone with information should call Nelson Police Ph 5463840 or Takaka Police Ph 5259211.

News from NZ Police – March 24
While ground teams scour the beaches and tracks between Wharariki and Puponga in Golden Bay, a helicopter has again been deployed to conduct an aerial search for the missing Dutch tourist Ken Boogers.

The helicopter will cover the area extending in all directions from the last known sighting of Mr Boogers on the Pillar Point track.

Two specialist search dogs are en route from Canterbury and are expected to join the search tomorrow morning.

No further sightings of Mr Boogers have been reported since he was seen about midday on Saturday walking on the Pillar Point track. The weather in the search area has been fine all day today.

Earlier News from NZ Police
Five teams, including a specialist tracking team, resumed the search for 26 year old Dutch tourist Ken Boogers at first light today. The tracking team is going to his last known location on the Pillar Point track. Other teams are checking the shoreline and cliffs along the coastline from Wharariki to Farewell Spit. Weather overnight and today is fine. However there was heavy rain in the search area on Sunday.

News from NZ Police – March 23
Four ground teams and a helicopter are searching for a 26 year old Dutch tourist who has been reported missing by friends in Golden Bay. Ken Boogers was last seen about 9am on Saturday when he said he was going for a walk on the Hilltop Track in the Wharariki Beach area. He has not been seen since. The alarm was raised when he did not arrive at a planned dinner with friends on Sunday evening.

Ken was wearing a red and purple cotton shirt and knee length beige shorts. He had bare feet and it is believed he had no other gear with him. He has long hair tied back in a pony tail.

Police would like to speak to anyone who has been in the Wharariki area over the weekend and anyone who has walked on the Hilltop Track or the Green Hills Route and may have seen Ken.

Anyone with information should contact Nelson Police Ph 5463840 or Takaka Police Ph 5259211.