Sam Boyer is a police reporter for the NZ Herald.

Mysterious 'Dave' identified

The man, who calls himself 'Dave', was admitted to Tauranga Hospital yesterday after collapsing. Photo / file
The man, who calls himself 'Dave', was admitted to Tauranga Hospital yesterday after collapsing. Photo / file

Police have identified a mystery man, who turned up at hospital injured and was only able to give his first name.

The man, who identified himself as "Dave", was admitted to Tauranga Hospital about 9.30pm last night, after having collapsed at a local business, police say.

This afternoon Tauranga police confirmed the public had helped solve the mystery.
Detective Sergeant Darryl Brazier said " numerous calls from the public" allowed police to identify Dave.

"It's great that the community responded in the way that they did and so quickly to our call for assistance and we thank them."

Dave remains in a stable but serious condition. He is expected to make a full recovery, Mr Brazier said.

Last night, upon arrival at hospital he could only utter his name and was otherwise unable to speak due to his condition, he said.

No one at the location where he was found knew the man, Mr Brazier said. The circumstances surrounding his condition were not being treated as suspicious.

- NZ Herald

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