Photo of man in NZ released in hunt to identify remains

Tasmanian police believe remains found in bush belong to the man in the picture.
Tasmanian police believe remains found in bush belong to the man in the picture. Photo credit: Supplied

Tasmanian police have released a photo of a man standing on New Zealand coastline in the hope of identifying skeletal remains found in remote bushland.

The remains were found in deep forest at the southern end of Tasmania earlier this week with an SD card nearby.

Police examined the SD card and found the photo, which they believe was taken at an unknown location on New Zealand's coastline in 2010. They believe the remains belong to the man in the photo.

"At this stage the identity of the deceased person remains unknown and we urge anyone who can assist police to identify this man to contact us," Detective Acting Sergeant Michael Manning said.

A backpack was found near the remains with foreign currency inside and a receipt for a purchase in Switzerland, dated December 2010.

Police do not know the cause of death and a full forensic examination will take place.

New Zealand police and police in other states of Australia have been asked to share the image.

Newshub.