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Police updates – Akatarawa search and rescue, fatal crash McLeans Island

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 17 July 2023.

Search and rescue operation, Akatarawa Forest

Wellington Search and Rescue teams have been deployed after two people were reported overdue from an off-road motorcycle ride in Akatarawa Forest, Upper Hutt last night.

Police were called at around 9.40pm after the pair failed to return at the expected time of 5pm.

The pair’s 4WD vehicles were located at the entrance.

Search and rescue teams were deployed in the area last night and the search will recommence at first light this morning.

Updates will be provided proactively when available.

Name release – fatal crash, McLeans Island

Police can now release the name of the young man who died following a single-vehicle crash on McLeans Island Road on Saturday 8 July.

He was Nyko Huia Flett-Stewart, 18, of Burnside.

His death has been referred to the Coroner.

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