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Physique of ‘lovely’ Brit, 32, discovered after going for a hike in New Zealand

Parents of ‘beautiful’ Brit backpacker who is missing after going for a hike in New Zealand fly in to help with search


THE physique of a “lovely” Brit who went lacking throughout a hike in New Zealand has been discovered, police confirmed immediately.

Stephanie Simpson, from Essex, advised associates she was going mountain climbing at Mount Aspiring Nationwide Park on the South Island on Saturday.

The physique of Stephanie Simpson was discovered after she went lacking on a hike in New Zealand

However the 32-year-old was tragically present in the Pyke Creek space after an intensive search.

Sergeant Mark Kirkwood, Officer in Cost, West Coast Search and Rescue, immediately confirmed the physique had been discovered about 1.40pm native time.

He stated: “Searchers positioned lacking hiker Stephanie Simpson’s physique this afternoon.

“Earlier, searchers had discovered objects within the space thought to belong to Stephanie, together with a pack and a pair of shoes.

“Police prolong their condolences to Stephanie’s household at this tragic time.”

It’s so far unclear why the pack and boots had been discovered separate to Stephanie.

And Sgt Kirkwood thanked those that had been concerned within the search because it was launched on Monday.

He added: “The search was extraordinarily difficult at occasions, particularly in consideration of the terrain, and the work of all concerned is to be counseled.”

The younger lady’s dad and mom had simply flown into New Zealand to hitch the search.

Stephanie had advised associates she deliberate to make a four-hour trek to Brewster Hut earlier than heading to the Blue Swimming pools on Saturday.

It’s believed Miss Simpson, who moved to Wanaka final 12 months after travelling in Australia, went strolling alone.

On the time of her disappearance, one buddy stated she was an “skilled hiker”.

They stated: “She’s a very lovely, kind-hearted particular person.

“She will be able to make associates immediately, she’s superior.”

The dying is presently not being handled as suspicious.


The dying will likely be referred to the Coroner.

Her disappearance comes after heavy rains brought on flooding across the nationwide park the place two hikers had been discovered lifeless in a swollen river on Friday.

A state of emergency was declared within the flooded area, the place roads had been closed and a gentle downpour left properties and farms sodden.

The experienced hiker had told friends that she was going on a four hour walk
The skilled hiker had advised associates that she was occurring a 4 hour stroll
Stephanie’s household had flown to New Zealand to hitch the search
Stephanie had advised associates she deliberate to make a four-hour trek
Police launched the hunt for Stephanie Simpson, 32, from Essex, on Monday
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Thermal imaging drones and canine groups had been known as in to assist in the search
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