Body of missing British hiker found in New Zealand

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Police in New Zealand have found the body of a British hiker who went missing in the South Island after the area was hit by heavy rain and floods.

The body of Stephanie Simpson, 32, who had not been seen since she went for a hike last weekend, was found in an area called Pyke Creek.

“Police extend their condolences to Stephanie’s family at this tragic time,” Sergeant Mark Kirkwood said.

Flash floods and torrential rain hit the South Island last week, leaving several hundred tourists stranded for days and forcing many residents from their homes.

-Noah Harte