The body of British hiker Stephanie Simpson has been found by a search party in New Zealand nearly a week after she disappeared in a national park.
It comes after search teams zeroed in on the area after finding her backpack and hiking boots earlier in the day.
West Coast Search and Rescue officer Sergeant Mark Kirkwood said: "Searchers located missing hiker Stephanie Simpson's body this afternoon".
Police started looking for Simpson after she failed to keep an appointment on Monday and was reported missing.
It was not clear if Simpson's hike at the Mount Aspiring National Park, home of one of New Zealand's highest peaks, was affected by the rain.
"The family are understandably grieving and they have asked media to respect their request for privacy during this hard time".
Police thanked everyone involved in the search since it began on Monday.
He said in a statement the search had been extremely challenging because of the rugged terrain.
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She said she wanted to visit the Blue Pools and then do the Brewster's Track to Brewster's Hut.
Stephanie Simpson's body was found in the Pyke Creek Area six days after she went missing.
Her family arrived to the search area about the same time her body was found, he said.
The grieving family had held out hope that Ms Simpson, an experienced hiker from Essex, would be found alive.
"She's an extremely determined, strong-willed person", Hazelton said.
He said: "She's someone that's done triathlons, running races, marathons, she's really sporty and picks up new skills quickly".
The last time the family heard from Simpson was when she messaged a family WhatsApp group on Thursday morning that she was going tramping for the weekend. "That's what she's there for, just to make the most of that free time", Mr Hazelton said.
Mount Aspiring National Park, in New Zealand's Southern Alps region, is described as a "dreamland of mountains, glaciers, river valleys and alpine lakes". It is popular with both hikers and mountain climbers.