The body of a woman missing for more than two weeks in the Australian Outback has been found, authorities in the country’s Northern Territory said.
Claire Hockridge, her partner Tamra McBeath-Riley, and Phu Tran went missing last month after telling friends they were going for a drive south of the town of Alice Springs, where current daytime temperatures can exceed a sweltering 40C.
“We’re really, really grateful to everyone who’s supported us through what has been a tremendously difficult, agonizing time,” Sarah Hockridge added.
The trio’s vehicle became stuck in the Hugh River on November 19.
Police launched a search operation after they were reported missing on November 23.
Authorities eventually found footprints they believed belonged to Hockridge which lead them to her body.
In a similar incident earlier this year, an Australian couple was rescued from a crocodile-ridden part of Australia’s remote north after lighting a fire and drawing the word “help” in mud to attract the attention of search crews.
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