Body of missing British tramper found 900m downstream of boots, police say

Stephanie Simpson was last seen around lunchtime on Friday

British hiker Stephanie Simpson's body has been found in New Zealand's Mount Aspiring National Park, where she went missing several days ago.

Sergeant Mark Kirkwood said search and rescue teams found Simpson's body on Friday about 1.40pm in the Pyke Creek area, described as "extremely challenging" terrain in the Southern Alps.

Ms Simpson, from the Basildon area, was reported missing on Monday, when a search began.

It comes after search teams zeroed in on the area after finding her backpack and hiking boots earlier in the day.

Sergeant Mark Kirkwood from West Coast Search and Rescue said her family were understandably grieving and had asked media to respect their request for privacy during this hard time.

A missing British backpacker has been found dead after she disappeared while out hiking in New Zealand.

Police extended their condolences to her family at this tragic time, he said.

Ms Simpson's death is being referred to the coroner.

LandSAR search and rescue staff have been joined by two dog teams, the Alpine Cliff Rescue crew and a canyon search and rescue team from Wanaka in today's search.

"She contacted her friends after that on the Friday to say she was going hiking and camping".

It is believed Ms Simpson headed out to Mt Aspiring National Park after work on the Friday and was expected to return on Sunday.

"The New Zealand police have said there have been two sightings of her on the trail but we don't know the source of the information or have any further details".

The alarm was raised on Monday morning when she did not turn up for work.

Her parents are flying out to New Zealand to help with the search.

"She is relatively experienced in outdoor activities and has already completed a number of hikes".

Mr Hazelton wanted to thank everyone involved in the ongoing search.

British woman Stephanie Simpson is overdue from a hike and hasn't been seen since Friday.



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