Happy ending to search as German backpacker Erik Larsson found after crash near Denmark

Cameron Newbold & Liam CroyAlbany Advertiser
German backpacker Erik Larssen has been found.
Camera IconGerman backpacker Erik Larssen has been found. Credit: WA Police

UPDATE: The search for a missing German backpacker near Denmark has had a happy ending, with police revealing he has been found.

A member of the public reported seeing Erik Larsson in the vicinity of the Nornalup Rail Trail.

Police attended the scene and confirmed his identity.

He will now be taken to hospital for medical assessment.

The wrecked Mitsubishi Pajero.
Camera IconThe wrecked Mitsubishi Pajero. Credit: Cameron Newbold / Albany Advertiser/Albany Advertiser

Earlier, a land search was launched for Mr Larsson after his vehicle was found wrecked and on its side near Denmark on Thursday.

He was believed to have crashed his Mitsubishi Pajero about 2pm on Thursday on Mount Shadforth Road near Sunrise Road.

Senior Sergeant Hugh Letessier said the four-wheel-drive had sustained “heavy damage” after hitting two trees and rolling on to its side.

SES volunteers at the scene.
Camera IconSES volunteers at the scene. Credit: Cameron Newbold / Albany Advertiser/Albany Advertiser

The vehicle, which is registered to Mr Larsson, was found with its engine still running and one wheel missing.

There was no one at the scene.

It is not clear whether Mr Larsson was injured in the crash.

SES volunteer start the search near the wreckage of Mr Larssen's 4WD.
Camera IconSES volunteer start the search near the wreckage of Mr Larssen's 4WD. Credit: Cameron Newbold / Albany Advertiser/Albany Advertiser

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