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Body identified as missing woman

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/05/2016

A body found in a South Island river has been identified as missing woman Rachel Stokes.

The 46-year-old's car was found crashed on State Highway 6 near Kawatiri in the Tasman District on Friday, prompting a large search including police dogs and helicopters.

Police have confirmed a body found in nearby Buller River on Tuesday had been identified as Ms Stokes.

Her death is not considered suspicious and the matter has been referred to the coroner.

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