Woman missing in Northern Territory found dead

Josh Dutton
News Reporter

It’s believed the body of a missing woman in the Northern Territory has been found.

Police located the body, which is believed to be that of Claire Hockridge, during search efforts of the Palmer Valley Station area on Tuesday.

She was with a group of three that had been missing in the outback since November 19, before her two companions were found.

Formal identification is yet to be conducted and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Ms Hockridge, her partner Tamra McBeath-Riley, 52, and Phu Tran, 40, had been missing from Alice Springs since November 19 when they told family and friends they were going for a drive.

Tamra McBeath-Riley, Phu Tran and Claire Hockridge were reported missing in the Northern Territory. Source: NT Police

Mr Tran was located by a pastoralist conducting bore runs in the area on Tuesday.

After nearly two weeks, Ms McBeath-Riley was found on Sunday after police discovered the trio's vehicle which had become bogged in the Hugh River.

She was transported to the Alice Springs Hospital where she received treatment for dehydration and exposure.

On Wednesday morning, police inspected tracks they believed belonged to Ms Hockridge.

Temperatures reached about 40C in the area while the group was missing.

The outskirts of Alice Springs. Source: Getty Images (file pic)
Ms McBeath-Riley and Ms Hockridge. Source: NT Police

More to come.

With AAP

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