Two women found dead inside a crashed car near Christchurch are believed to be a missing mother and daughter.
Marilyn Zidich, 62, and her 35-year-old daughter Selina Madden went missing from their home in the Christchurch suburb of Belfast on Thursday morning.
They were believed to have gone for a drive in a grey Fiat Tipo hatchback, with the personalised plate ZIDICH.
A car matching that description was found during a foot search by police on Monday morning, and Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Hill says it is likely the two bodies inside are those of the missing women.
The car was found in dense scrub, about 70 metres below Dyers Pass Road in the Port Hills.
Det Sen Sgt Hill says police are working to recover the car and bodies.
The women's deaths will be referred to the coroner.
The crashed vehicle was found off the same road where 29-year-old Christchurch woman Emma Campbell died in 2010.
Her car was found down a bank off Dyers Pass Road in May 2010. But her body was not recovered until March this year when a pig hunter found it in a steep, scrub-covered ravine, about 100 metres from where her car was found.