Body of missing Briton Stephanie Simpson found in New Zealand

The body of missing British hiker Stephanie Simpson was found in New Zealand early on Friday morning.

Sergeant Mark Kirkwood, officer in charge of West Coast Search and Rescue, said the discovery was made about 1.40pm (local time) in Mt. Aspiring National Park.

Ms Simpson, 32, went hiking in the park last weekend and was reported missing on Monday after failing to arrive at an appointment, police said.

Earlier, searchers had found items in the Pyke Creek area thought to belong to Ms Simpson, including a pack and a pair of boots.

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