By arnettepaspalis in Hiking Posted October 5, 2020 Tags
The parents of a missing British backpacker who hasn’t been seen since leaving for a hike in New Zealand are flying to the country to help with the desperate search.
Stephanie Simpson, 32, told friends on Friday she was going hiking over the weekend at Mount Aspiring National Park on the South Island.
The alarm was raised when Miss Simpson, originally from Essex, failed to turn up at her landscaping job on Monday.
Stephanie Simpson, 32, told friends on Friday she was going hiking over the weekend at Mount Aspiring National Park on the South Island
Sam Hazelton, Ms Simpson’s brother-in-law, told her parents were flying to New Zealand to help find their ‘beautiful and kind-hearted’ daughter.
‘The last time the family heard from Stephanie was on the family WhatsApp group early on Thursday morning,’ Mr Hazelton said.
‘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.’
He said Miss Simspon was competent, physically fit and was experienced in hiking.
‘She is such a fun-loving, kind, determined and adventurous woman, we are asking anyone who might know anything to please get in touch with police,’ he said.
New Zealand Police reportedly told the family there had been two sightings of Ms Simpson.
The alarm was raised when Ms Simpson, originally from Essex, failed to turn up at her landscaping job on Monday
Sam Hazelton, Ms Simpson’s brother-in-law, told Sky News her parents are flying to New Zealand to help find their ‘beautiful and kind-hearted’ daughter
Search teams continued to look best pants for hiking in the rain Miss Simpson overnight before being joined by thermal imaging drones and a helicopter.
The search will continue to focus on areas around Fantail Falls to Mt Brewster, the Brewster Hut and Mt Armstrong track, and Makarora Valley.
Sergeant Mark Kirkwood, who is in charge of the search, told the , it is believed Ms Simpson only went travelling with a day pack.
He also said overnight temperatures have not been cold.
It’s understood Ms Simpson did not take a search beacon with her.
‘Until they get some news, [the family] are in the dark. Just really hoping we may hear something today from the foot searches,’ a family spokesperson previously told the publication.They are trying to spread the word to any trampers who have been in the area over the weekend.
‘The police, search and rescue and friends are all trying very hard for her safe return,’ the spokesperson said.
Search teams continuing looking for Ms Simpson overnight before being joined by thermal imaging drones and a helicopter after the family were disappointed by the lack of news on Tuesday
Miss Simpson told friends she planned to make a four-hour trek to Brewster Hut before heading to the Blue Pools on Saturday.
Friends say she is an experienced hiker, who is strong and fit.
‘She’s a really beautiful, kind-hearted person. She can make friends in an instant, she’s awesome. She’s just here to tramp and see the country,’ a friend earlier told the New Zealand Herald.
Anyone who may stayed in the Cameron Flat area on Friday and may have spoken to Stephanie are encouraged to contact police.
Ms Simpson told friends she was going hiking over the weekend at Mount Aspiring National Park (pictured) on the South Island