Lacking man dies after being present in bush

New Zealand native rain forest.

2021-07-11 11:03:05

A lacking man who was present in bush in Whangārei this afternoon has not survived the ordeal.

New Zealand native rain forest.

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Brian Bench, 72, was final seen alive on Wednesday evening.

A search was launched and he was discovered at Parahaki this afternoon.

Regardless of efforts from emergency service employees, he died on the scene.

Police have thanked rescuers and members of the general public who helped within the search.

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