The missing hunter whose body was recovered earlier this week in Canterbury can now be named as Christopher James Bardsley.

The 35-year-old's body was recovered by Search and Rescue teams in the Lake Sumner area on Tuesday, after it was spotted during an aerial search late the night before.

Mr Bardsley was a local of the area and had been reported missing by his family on Monday, after he failed to return home from a lone weekend hunting trip.

Canterbury Police were not treating the incident as suspicious and said the death had been referred to the Coroner.


Police were working alongside victim support with Mr Bardsley's family - who, police said, were "extremely upset".

A spokesperson from the family said: "we would like to thank everyone involved in the search and recovery of Chris and for the enormous unexpected support we have had from people [and] groups in the days since."