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Body found in search for British hiker in New Zealand

Body found in search for British hiker in New Zealand”

Police conducting the hunt for Darren Myers, 49, spotted his body from a Defence Force helicopter early on Wednesday when severe weather conditions stopped for long enough to allow low-level flying to resume.

Police in New Zealand have found the body of a British hiker who went missing almost two weeks ago.

Mr Myers' brother-in-law, Duncan Styles, told 1 NEWS about the strain his family had been under since he went missing 12 days ago.

He was "really motivated in helping out New Zealand's building crisis", Mr Styles said.

"It happened very suddenly".

"When you're undertaking a journey like this, there's always going to be a risk", he added.

According to his Facebook page, Mr Myers was originally from Sawbridgeworth in Hertfordshire, England.

Police said the body was located during an aerial search this morning and search and rescue teams were on their way to the site.

Mr Myers had come to New Zealand around 18 months ago with his family from the United Kingdom under the skills shortage programme and was working as a building surveyor in Karori.

It is expected to take some time to reach the location.

On Monday, police had found a chocolate bar wrapper almost 2,000 feet below where Mr Myers was last known to be.

Sergeant Anthony Harmer had admitted yesterday that the chance was "diminishing" that Mr Myers was still alive. The Tararua range is popular because it is close to Wellington, but the steep terrain and unpredictable weather can pose a challenge to hikers.



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