Stephanie Simpson found dead in New Zealand, Report

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Stephanie Simpson found dead in New Zealand, Report
Stephanie Simpson found dead in New Zealand, Report

British hiker Stephanie Simpson who went missing in New Zealand has been found dead, police have said.

Her body was discovered on Friday, around 1.40pm local time, in the Pyke Creek area in Mount Aspiring National Park.

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Searchers had earlier found items thought to belong to Ms Simpson in the Pyke Creek area, including a back pack and a pair of boots.

Sgt Kirkwood said police extended their condolences to Ms Simpson’s family ”at this tragic time”.

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He added: “The family are understandably grieving and they have asked media to respect their request for privacy during this difficult time.

“Police would also like to thank everyone involved in the search since it began on Monday for their considerable efforts to locate Stephanie.

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“The search was extremely challenging at times, especially in consideration of the terrain, and the work of all involved is to be commended.”

The death will be referred to the coroner.

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