Desperate parents of British backpackers who are missing in New Zealand reveal that they have difficulty coping
Desperate parents of British backpackers who are missing in New Zealand reveal that they are struggling to cope while they fly outside to join the mountains in search of their “beautiful and good-natured” daughter
- Stephanie Simpson, 32, from Essex, went hiking in Mount Aspiring National Park
- The alarm went off when she didn’t show up at her landscape architecture on Monday
- Police with search dogs, helicopters and drones keep looking for her
The family of a British backpacker who went missing after walking in New Zealand say they “have real trouble” to cope and “feel so helpless.”
Stephanie Simpson, 32, was last seen on Saturday by fellow hikers in Mount Aspiring National Park on South Island.
The alarm went off when Miss Simpson, from Essex, did not show up at her landscape architecture on Monday.
Her brother-in-law Sam Hazelton told about the growing despair of her family when her parents flew to New Zealand to help with the search efforts.
He told Sky News: ‘We are really struggling, but just hanging out. We hope for good news.
Stephanie Simpson, 32, told friends on Friday that she was going to hike the weekend in Mount Aspiring National Park on the South Island, but she has not been seen since Saturday morning
Search teams with thermal imaging drones and a helicopter have searched the mountainous terrain since Monday when it was first reported missing in New Zealand
“It’s the wait. We go to bed thinking, “what else can we do?”, Which is very little.
“We don’t sleep and then we get up and Stephanie is not found, and then there is a whole different day to get through. We all feel so helpless. “
Her parents last heard about their “beautiful and kind-hearted” daughter in the WhatsApp family last Thursday morning when she said she was planning to walk along Brewster’s Track, a popular trail in the park.
It is believed that she stayed at the Cameron Flat campsite on Friday evening before setting out the next morning, where she was last noticed by fellow hikers walking alone.
Miss Simpson was described as a “cheerful, kind, determined, and adventurous woman.”
Miss Simpson had told friends that she was planning to walk to Brewster’s Hut, which would take about four hours and then move on to Blue Pools.
Hazelton said earlier that she would go hiking most weekends since she moved to New Zealand in October last year and described her as a “nice, sweet, determined, and adventurous woman.”
“It was her main reason to stay in Wanaka in New Zealand because it offered so many different paths,” he said.
Search and rescue teams have searched the mountainous terrain in recent days with search dogs on the ground, supported by helicopters and drones with thermal imaging.
The search will today focus on the Pyke and Fantail Creek areas.
Hazelton added: “We cannot thank the rescue teams enough for their hard work.
‘Many people on the ground are volunteers and their efforts are so deeply appreciated. We just hope and hope. “
Sergeant Mark Kirkwood, who is in charge of the search, told the New Zealand Herald Earlier this week, Miss Simpson went traveling alone with a day package.
But he said the night temperatures were not cold.
Hazelton said she was an experienced walker and loved the outdoors.
“Stephanie is very physically and mentally fit,” said Hazelton.
“She has done triathlons, she has completed marathons in three hours and 15 minutes, which is phenomenal.
“She has a strong will and is determined and we only pray that it will help.”
The alarm went off when Miss Simpson, originally from Essex, did not show up at her landscape architecture on Monday after the weekend walk.
Mrs. Simpson told her friends that she was going for a walk this weekend in Mount Aspiring National Park (photo) on the South Island