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Missing Brit Stephanie Simpson, 32, found dead after hiking trip in New Zealand

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a close up of a woman: Stephanie Simpson's body has been found © Handout Stephanie Simpson's body has been found

Police in New Zealand have found the body of missing Brit Stephanie Simpson.

Ms Simpson, who disappeared while hiking over the weekend, was reportedly found at around 1.40pm in Pyke Creek, South Island, New Zealand.

The 32-year-old was reported missing on Monday after she did not turn up to her job as a gardener in the Wanaka area, where she had been living.

However, her body was found today, shortly after search and rescue teams discovered what were thought to be her boots and backpack in the area.

Sergeant Mark Kirkwood reportedly said: "The search was extremely challenging at times, especially in consideration of the terrain, and the work of all involved is to be commended."

a person smiling for the camera: Ms Simpson was hiking when she went missing © Handout Ms Simpson was hiking when she went missing

He added that the Brit's family were 'understandably grieving' and had asked for privacy, according to New Zealand news site Stuff.

Ms Simpson reportedly told friends she had planned to go hiking in Mount Aspiring National Park at the weekend.

The park on New Zealand's South Island is described by the country's Department of Conservation as a "wonderful mixture of remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys".

"It is a walker's paradise and a must for mountaineers," it added.

Police in New Zealand said Ms Simpson, from the Basildon area of Essex, was "reasonably experienced and very fit", the New Zealand Herald reported.

In recent days, relatives spoke of how the family were at their 'wits' end' and struggling to cope.

Her brother-in-law Sam Hazelton previously said: "You can’t imagine, it’s pretty awful. Everybody’s just hoping. You go to bed thinking: ‘What can we do?’

“And then you wake up, or keep checking your phone to get an update ... the hard thing is the delay and then nothing comes.”

Mount Aspiring National Park, in New Zealand's Southern Alps region, is described as a "dreamland of mountains, glaciers, river valleys and alpine lakes".

The emergency services were scouring the area with dogs, helicopters and thermal imagingdrones.


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