Body found in search for woman missing in Outback

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Alice Springs resident Claire Hockridge is believed to have died in the Outback. PIC: Teagen Eden-Street / ABC

A body, believed to be that of missing woman Claire Hockridge, has been found in Central Australia.

NT Police have announced they found a body at 1pm today. They had been focussing on the Palmer Valley Station area but fears had been growing that she may have run out of water.

Ms Hockridge, her partner, Tamra McBeath-Riley, 52, and South Australian man Phu Tran, 40, went missing after going for an afternoon drive on Tuesday, November 19. Their car had become bogged in the Finke River and, fearing no one was coming to rescue them, they eventually left their vehicle to go in search of help.

Ms Hockridge was last seen by Mr Tran at the boundary fence of a station south of Alice Springs two days ago, where the two had parted ways and he decided to follow the fence line.

Superintendent Pauline Vicary said authorities were still determining the circumstances that led to the separation of Ms Hockridge and Mr Tran.

“It may have been that she was exhausted and didn’t feel like she could continue to go,” she said.

Ms McBeath-Riley, 52, was found at a waterhole east of the Stuarts Well area, south of Alice Springs, late on Sunday afternoon.

The ABC reports that efforts to find the missing woman were hampered by thick dense scrub and the fact that Ms Hockridge continued to move location.

The trio was reported missing on November 23 and police began an air search three days later, focussing on areas south of Alice Springs near Owen Springs, Stuarts Well and Rainbow Valley.

The body is yet to be formally identified and NT Police said a report would be prepared for the coroner.

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3 Responses to Body found in search for woman missing in Outback


  2. This is a sad state of affairs but, I’ve said it before and I will say it again, why do people go out into the remote outback under prepared, sat phone, epirb and flares are a minimum, and as important ensure that your vehicle is in a fit state to head into these regions, and for God sake stay with your vehicle.

  3. As Ged said STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE. They find it a long time before they find you.,or better still do not go out there if you dont have any common sense.The people sent to rescue you have more to do with there time and resourses.ITS THE FIRST RULE OF THE BUSH. Stevo.

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