New Zealand police discover physique of lacking British hiker
SYDNEY (Reuters) – New Zealand police discovered the physique of a lacking British backpacker on the South Island on Friday after the area was hit by heavy rain and flooding.
The physique of Stephanie Simpson, 32, who has not been seen since she went mountaineering final weekend, was present in an space referred to as Pyke Creek, stated Sergeant Mark Kirkwood from West Coast Search and Rescue in a press launch.
"The police prolong their condolences to Stephanie's household throughout this tragic time," stated Kirkwood.
"The household is of course in mourning and requested the media to respect their request for confidentiality."
Sudden floods and torrential rains hit the South Island final week, leaving a number of hundred vacationers stranded for days and forcing many residents to depart their properties.
It was unclear whether or not Simpson's hike in Mount Aspiring Nationwide Park, which is residence to one in all New Zealand's highest peaks, was affected by the rain. His demise will probably be referred to the coroner, stated Kirkwood.
"The search has typically been extraordinarily tough, particularly given the terrain," he stated.
1000’s of hikers go to New Zealand annually to discover its mountains and wildlife.
In 2016, a Czech girl spent virtually a month alone in a caretaker's hut on a secluded path on the South Island th4e after the demise of her male associate in a fall.
Final yr, questions had been requested about New Zealand's popularity as a protected and easy-going vacation vacation spot after the homicide of a 22-year-old British girl, a backpacker, by a person she met on a courting app. A jury convicted the person in November and he will probably be sentenced on February 21.
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