Body of third missing Alice Springs traveller found by police

Claire Hockridge and McBeath-Riley were living in Alice Springs and had been showing local landmarks to Tran, who was visiting Alice Springs from the south coast city of Adelaide.

An emergency dash across Australia by two women to find their missing triplet sister has ended in tragedy with the discovery of Claire Hockridge's body.

On Wednesday morning, police inspected tracks they believed belonged to Ms Hockridge.

Mr Tran (pictured) and Mrs Hockridge went in a westerly direction after their vehicle got stuck while Miss McBeath-Riley headed in a northerly direction where she found a waterhole.

Police Superintendent Pauline Vicary said a woman's body was located about 38 kilometres south-east of the Stuart Well Roadhouse, around 8.5 kilometres east of the Stuart Highway.

His account had narrowed the search for Ms Hockridge, police said, and they later found footprints believed to be hers.

After running out of water, Phu Tran and Hockridge went looking for help, taking only a compass and a Global Positioning System.

Tamra McBeath-Riley, Phu Tran and Claire Hockridge were reported missing in the Northern Territory.

The trio were travelling together in a ute south of Alice Springs when their vehicle became bogged.

"We are all grieving and exhausted from the emotional rollercoaster that we've ridden", she told reporters.

"Ted, the landowner near the cattle farm, he's a battler, he's got 1,000 head of cattle and he dropped everything to make sure I was all right", Tran told reporters.

Two of Ms Hockridge's companions were found alive earlier this week after extensive search efforts.

Ms Hockridge, 46, was in a group of three people who became stranded in the central Australian outback a fortnight ago.

Police were conducting "formal identification" as they prepared a report for the coroner.

McBeath-Riley and the dog were rescued by a search helicopter on Sunday after a cattle rancher alerted police to suspicious tire tracks, which lead searchers to the abandoned pickup truck.

Temperatures reached about 40C in the area while the group was missing.

They left a note inside their auto.

Mr Tran was found by a pastoralist who was conducting a bore check at the Palmer Valley station south of Alice Springs.

They had stayed by the auto for around three days in an unsuccessful attempt to free it, before splitting up to find help.



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