Bone found in Haast River belongs to tourist missing for three years




A thigh bone of a Canadian tourist who went missing in the South Island in 2013 has been found by a hunter.

Connor Hayes and Joanna Lam

Connor Hayes and Joanna Lam

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Police DNA testing has confirmed the bone belonged to Connor Hayes.

Mr Hayes and his partner Joanna Lam were killed when the campervan they were travelling in was swept off State Highway 6, near Haast Pass in the Southern Alps, by a large slip in September 2013.

Ms Lam's body was found in a search following the disaster but Mr Hayes' body remained missing.

The thigh bone was found at the point where the Haast River meets the Burke River by a hunter in August this year.

Last Sunday, Haast locals as well as police and Search and Rescue members completed a further search on the Haast River, police said.

A number of items of interest from the riverbed were found during the search.

Police are yet to confirm whether they belong to Mr Hayes.

The bone and any other objects belonging to Mr Hayes will be given to his family in Canada.

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