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The missing British backpacker, 32, is found dead after she disappeared while walking in New Zealand

The missing British backpacker, 32, is found dead after she disappeared while walking in New Zealand

  • 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
  • The police in New Zealand have now confirmed that she has found her body

A missing British backpacker was found dead after she disappeared while walking in New Zealand.

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.

The police in New Zealand found her body around 1.40 p.m. local time on Friday near a part of the park called Fantail Falls.

Stephanie Simpson, 32, told friends on Friday that she was going to hike the weekend in Mount Aspiring National Park on the South Island since Saturday morning had not been seen

Stephanie Simpson, 32, told friends on Friday that she was going to hike the weekend in Mount Aspiring National Park on the South Island since Saturday morning had not been seen

It comes after search teams brought in the area after finding their backpack and hiking boots earlier in the day.

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

Sergeant Mark Kirkwood said her family mourned and asked for privacy.

He added: “The search was sometimes extremely challenging, especially in view of the field, and the work of all involved should be praised.”

Miss Simpson was on a working holiday in New Zealand and was based in the city of Wanaka, where she worked for a gardening service.

Sam Hazelton, her brother-in-law, said that she had chosen the region for access to hiking trails, and that she would go hiking and camping most weekends.

Speaking to Sky News before her body was found, he described her as “very competent and physically fit.”

“She is relatively experienced in outdoor activities and has already taken a number of walks,” he said.

“She is such a nice, sweet, determined and adventurous woman, we ask everyone who might know something to contact the police.”

The park on the South Island of New Zealand is described by the Department of Conservation of the country as a ‘wonderful mix of remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys.

“It is a paradise for hikers and a must for mountain climbers.”

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