14 Feb 2020

Body of missing hiker Stephanie Simpson found

7:27 pm on 14 February 2020

Searchers have found the body of missing British hiker Stephanie Simpson in Mount Aspiring National Park.

Stephanie Simpson

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Simpson, a 32-year-old from Essex who was on a working holiday, was reported missing after she did not return to work on Monday. She had been tramping in the park over the weekend.

Her body was found at about 1.40pm in the Pyke Creek area.

Earlier, searchers had found items in the area thought to belong to Simpson, including a pack and a pair of boots.

Police said the search was "extremely challenging at times, especially in consideration of the terrain".

Police have thanked all those who helped out with the search.

The death will be referred to the Coroner.