A spokesperson for the family of a Christchurch woman who went missing in 2010 says they are saddened by news that a body - believed to be hers - has been found.
Police are waiting for dental records to confirm whether the body is that of Emma Campbell, 29, who disappeared in May 2010.
Her car was found off Dyers Pass Road in the Port Hills but an extensive police search failed to locate her.
A possum hunter found the body in dense bush in the area on Saturday. A post-mortem began on Monday but will not be completed until Tuesday.
Detective Senior Sergeant John Rae says they know how the woman died but it will be up to the coroner to release that information.
"There's nothing inconsistent that we've found so far that suggests anyone else is involved in the death, or that it is anyone else other than Emma, but until we get that clarified with identification through using dental records, we're not going to be sure."
A spokesperson for Ms Campbell's family, Mike Wright, says while they are saddened, they are also grateful for the news.
Mr Wright says members of the tight-knit family are supporting each other through the difficult time and have requested privacy.