Missing British backpacker found dead after she disappeared while out hiking in New Zealand

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

Stephanie Simpson, 32, was last seen by fellow hikers in Mount Aspiring National Park on the South Island on Saturday.

The alarm was raised when Miss Simpson, from Essex, failed to turn up at her landscaping job in the town of Wanaka on Monday, 45 miles from the park.

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Police in New Zealand found her body around 1.40pm local time on Friday near an area of the park called Pyke Creek, close to where she was last seen.

It comes after search teams found her backpack and hiking boots earlier in the day, helping to restrict the search area. 

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

Sergeant Mark Kirkwood said that her family were grieving and had asked for privacy.

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