Body found in search for missing Christchurch man

A body has been located following a large-scale search and rescue operation for a missing 48-year-old man.

More than 100 joined the search for Christchurch man Gary Elliot. Source: 1 NEWS

More than 100 Search and Rescue personnel scoured rough forest terrain on the outskirts of Christchurch searching for Gary Elliott.

He was last seen by family members around 6.30am yesterday. His car was located in the Bottlelake Forest carpark that afternoon.

Teams searched until 9pm last night, but the search was called off due to bad weather.

It started again early this morning and was upscaled to involve 15 search teams from as far away as Hanmer as well as dog teams and a helicopter.

Police say the search area was around 1000 hectares and included very difficult and dense terrain. 

The search concluded this afternoon pending the formal identification of the body of a man located in the forest.

The death has been referred to the coroner.