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Discovery of human remains may solve 42-year-old Mt Cook mystery

 Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park.
Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park. Image by chee.hong / CC BY 2.0

The discovery of human remains by Spanish climbers in New Zealand’s Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park last week could solve a 42-year-old mystery, say park rangers. DNA tests will hopefully confirm the deceased’s identity but Department of Conservation (DoC) rangers believe this may be a 19-year-old man who went missing after an avalanche swept him and his companion away in 1973. There are 62 bodies still missing in the national park. Read more: odt.co.nz