Body of missing British backpacker found in New Zealand

Police in New Zealand say they have found the body of missing British backpacker Stephanie Simpson.

Ms Simpson, from Essex, was last seen on Saturday 8 February, when it is believed fellow hikers spotted her walking along Brewster's Track – a popular route in the Mount Aspiring National Park.

Image: Ms Simpson told friends she planned to go hiking over the weekend

Friends last heard from the 32-year-old on Friday when she told them she was going to attempt a challenging four-hour hike in the park on the South Island over the weekend.

She said she wanted to visit the Blue Pools and then do the Brewster's Track.

West Coast Search and Rescue officer Sergeant Mark Kirkwood said: "Searchers located missing hiker Stephanie Simpson's body this afternoon.

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"Earlier, searchers had found items in the area thought to belong to Stephanie, including a pack and a pair of boots."

Sergeant Kirkwood said police "extend their condolences to Stephanie's family at this tragic time", and thanked those involved in the search for their "considerable efforts".

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The search teams were using two dog teams as well as cliff and canyon rescue teams, police said.

"The family are understandably grieving and they have asked media to respect their request for privacy during this difficult time," he said.

"The search was extremely challenging at timesRead More – Source

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