New Zealand teams search for British hiker in national park

NZealand teams search for UK hiker in national park

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

Police thanked those involved in the search since it began on Monday for their considerable efforts to locate Simpson.

The grieving family had held out hope that Ms Simpson, an experienced hiker from Essex, would be found alive.

They had been scouring the area using thermal-imaging drones, helicopters, search and rescue teams on the ground and dogs.

A missing British backpacker has been found dead after she disappeared while out hiking in New Zealand.

Victoria Wells, an old school friend, said Simpson was by far the prettiest girl in primary school and was "a lovely soul taken far too soon".

Simpson had been living in Wanaka, a resort town on New Zealand's South Island, since October, where she worked as a landscaper, Sky News reported.

Sgt Kirkwood said in a statement that police extended their condolences to Ms Simpson's family "at this tragic time".

"She contacted her friends after that on the Friday to say she was going hiking and camping". "Everybody's just hoping. You go to bed thinking: 'What can we do?'"

Sam Hazelton, her bro-in- regulation, claimed she had actually selected the area for its accessibility to hiking tracks, which she would certainly go hiking as well as outdoor camping most weekend breaks.

He said: "She's someone that's done triathlons, running races, marathons, she's really sporty and picks up new skills quickly".

"Steph you will be missed by all more than words can explain".

Ms Jane described Ms Simpson as sparkly and infectious, with a thirst for life.

"Right now my heart is completely shattered". That's what she's there for, just to make the most of that free time.

It was not immediately clear how exactly she died, and her death has been referred to the coroner.

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