Search continues for British woman missing in New Zealand

Search continues for British woman missing in New Zealand”

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

Stephanie Simpson, 32, of Essex, has not been seen since last weekend when she had planned to head to Mount Aspiring National Park on the South Island for a camping adventure.

Police confirmed "items of interest" had been discovered by search teams while looking for the 32-year-old, who has been missing since telling friends she would be going for a hike at Mt Aspiring National Park on Saturday.

Exactly what has been found has not been revealed by police.

Police in New Zealand said the search was hard due to the size and terrain of the area.

"The search was extremely challenging at times, especially in consideration of the terrain, and the work of all involved is to be commended", Kirkwood said.

Police have thanked all those who helped out with the search.

The death would be referred to the Coroner.

Earlier this week drone and thermal imaging equipment were sent out to assist rescue teams.

New Zealand Police are conducting a search operation in a bid to trace the backpacker in the national park which is home to one of the country's highest peaks.

Two dog teams, LandSAR staff, Alpine Cliff Rescue and a canyon search and rescue team are assisting with the search today.

Her brother-in-law, Sam Hazelton, told the New Zealand Herald that the worst thing was not knowing what had happened.

"This was something Stephanie would do most weekends, it was her main reason for staying in Wanaka in New Zealand as it offered so many different trails".

"She is relatively experienced in outdoor activities and has already completed a number of hikes".

He added: "She is a fun-loving, kind, determined and adventurous woman".

The alarm was raised on Monday morning when she failed to turn up at her landscaping job.

"Stephanie is very competent and physically fit".

Ms Simpson has been living in New Zealand since October after travelling around Australia.

Simpson was tramping in the Mt Aspiring National Park.

Like this



14 February 2020
Optus releases Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra pricing details
Samsung S20 is just something similar to what an upgrade of S10 would look like and it is as expected. Until now there were rumors and leaks on the Galaxy S20 series but now more is known about it.

14 February 2020
Jennifer Hudson to honor Kobe Bryant with All-Star Game performance
James and Antetokounmpo each chose their squads from available starters and reserves voted and selected to the All-Star contest. The fourth quarter of the NBA All-Star game on Sunday in Chicago will be commercial-free to honor Bryant as well.

14 February 2020
Court halts Pentagon cloud contract work with Microsoft
Amazon has asked for the Department of Defense to halt the contract with Microsoft and re-review submitted proposals. He added that the Pentagon remained confident in its decision to award the contract to Microsoft .

14 February 2020
Every single photo we took of Spike Lee's Kobe Bryant tribute suit
His creation was inspired by the letter - through which he announced his retirement - he wrote to The Players' Tribune in 2015. Kirk Douglas, John Singleton, Rip Torn, Danny Aiello, Peter Fonda and Anna Karina were among those mentioned.

14 February 2020
Harvard, Yale Probed for Unreported Foreign Funding
Yale spokeswoman Karen Peart said the university is reviewing the request and preparing to respond. A tour group takes shelter from the rain while they go on a tour of Harvard's campus.

14 February 2020
Damian Lillard to miss All-Star weekend, hopes Devin Booker gets his spot
Lillard exited with 3:22 left in the fourth quarter in what was then a 12-point deficit. Damian Lillard is scheduled for an MRI after suffering a groin strain.

14 February 2020
'It will bring a healthy person down': Flu concerns overshadowed by coronavirus
She said the flu is simply unpredictable, but the best way to protect yourself is by washing your hands with soap and water often. Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a health care professional) and avoid close contact with others.

14 February 2020
Bill Belichick yet to reach out to Tom Brady
The beloved New England quarterback is set to become a free agent for the first time in his 20-year career this offseason. However, he has stated that he wants to play until he turns 45 years old.

14 February 2020
US Announces Partial Taliban Truce Amid Signs Deal Is Near
He is expected to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Munich, a former senior Afghan official said on Wednesday. Mr Trump has made withdrawing USA troops from Afghanistan a key foreign policy aim.

30 August 2019
The FIBA Basketball World Cup Is Starting, Can Someone Stop Team USA?
The two Balkan sides have a bunch of NBA stars in their ranks, as well as players from the top European basketball leagues. The teams will then have the chance to rest for 2 days, before returning for the second group stage on September 7 th .