Missing British backpacker, 32, is found dead

Missing British backpacker, 32, is found dead after she disappeared while out hiking in New Zealand

  • Stephanie Simpson, 32, from Essex, went hiking in Mount Aspiring National Park
  • Alarm was raised when she failed to turn up at her landscaping job on Monday
  • Police in New Zealand have now confirmed they have found her body

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 on Monday.

Police in New Zealand found her body around 1.40pm local time on Friday near an area of the park called Fantail Falls.

It comes after search teams zeroed in on the area after finding her backpack and hiking boots earlier in the day.

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Stephanie Simpson, 32, told friends on Friday she was going hiking over the weekend at Mount Aspiring National Park on the South Island had not been seen since Saturday morning

 

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