Temuka 19-year-old found after going missing on hunting trip

Temuka 19-year-old found after going missing on hunting trip

Marcus McKay, 19, first went missing at 9pm on Friday.

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Marcus McKay, 19, first went missing at 9pm on Friday.

A Temuka 19-year-old who went missing on Friday has been found safe.

A police spokeswoman said they were alerted 9pm on Saturday to a hunter being overdue from a day trip with a friend.

Marcus McKay was last seen at 9pm on Friday, when he dropped his partner and brother home after a day trip to Christchurch and headed out again to go hunting with a friend for a few hours.

“Unfortunately, the informant wasn’t aware where the person was planning on going hunting or who the friend was,” she said.

Police said at 6.30pm on Sunday the man came back into cell phone reception and was fine.

Marcus’ mother, Jocelyn McKay, told Stuff on Sunday morning his phone kept going straight to answer machine.

“I can’t help but think the worst because it’s so out-of-character. He’s the sort of person where he’s in contact with family all the time, he’s very family-orientated. He’s one of those boys who’s always on his phone.

Marcus McKay had only been hunting a handful of times and did not own a gun, his mum said.

“I think he was just going out with people who have done it before. His partner thought he was leaving his vehicle at a Geraldine address, but it’s not there,” she said.

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