Japanese tourist presumed dead

Kyodo

A Japanese tourist missing for five days on New Zealand’s rugged west coast is believed to be dead after parts of his car were found smashed at the bottom of a 70-meter cliff, New Zealand Police said Friday.

Despite the biggest ever search-and-rescue operation along the west coast, involving more than 50 police officers and volunteers, police have been unable to find the body of Mikimaro Nakanishi.

The 63-year-old lone traveler from Tokyo was last seen on Sunday morning, when he left a guesthouse in the town of Greymouth to photograph scenery along the Coast Road.

The car wreckage was found late Thursday in the sea below the Coast Road, about 27 km north of Greymouth.

“There is only a small chance that his body will be found,” Sgt. David Cross of Greymouth Police said.