Published: Fri, February 14, 2020

Stephanie Simpson: New Zealand police find body of missing woman

Stephanie Simpson: New Zealand police find body of missing woman

The body of missing British hiker Stephanie Simpson was found in New Zealand early on Friday morning.

Her boots were found yesterday in the Pyke Creek area, before her body was found around 900m downstream at around 1.40pm today.

Police have extended their condolences to Ms Simpson's family at this tragic time.

It was not immediately clear how exactly she died, and her death has been referred to the coroner.

Simpson, a 32-year-old from Essex who was on a working holiday, was reported missing after she did not return to work on Monday.

"This was something Stephanie would do most weekends, it was her main reason for staying in Wanaka in New Zealand as it offered so many different trails".

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.

Sgt Mark Kirkwood, from West Coast Search and Rescue, said police wanted to thank all those involved in the search for their "considerable efforts".

The search for a British tramper missing near Makarora has been narrowed to an area of "extremely challenging terrain" after items of interest were found.

Last week, torrential rain struck the area and caused slips and flooding throughout Southland and Fiordland.

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.

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

"[It's] very unstable underfoot, very hazardous, you need to know what you're doing", Mr Kirkwood says.

"The creeks in the afternoon and evening, because they're glacial fed, they rise because there's more water", Mr Kirkwood says.

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

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