Stephanie Simpson: New Zealand police find body of missing woman

Stephanie Simpson Image copyright Facebook/Stephanie Simpson
Image caption Stephanie Simpson is thought to have gone for a hike in Mount Aspiring National Park

Police looking for a British woman missing in New Zealand have said they have found her body.

Stephanie Simpson, 32, from Essex, is thought to have gone on a hike last weekend in Mount Aspiring National Park in the country’s South Island.

Searchers made the discovery at about 13:40 New Zealand time (00:40 GMT) on Friday in the Pyke Creek area, New Zealand Police said.

They had earlier found items they believed had belonged to her.

Sgt Mark Kirkwood, from West Coast Search and Rescue, said police wanted to thank all those involved in the search since it began on Monday for their “considerable efforts”.

“The search was extremely challenging at times, especially in consideration of the terrain, and the work of all involved is to be commended,” he said in a statement.

“Police extend their condolences to Stephanie’s family at this tragic time.”

The death will be referred to the Coroner.

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Image caption The wilderness of Mount Aspiring National Park attracts a range of outdoor enthusiasts

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