Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Police searching Outback for missing wife finds body

Police searching Outback for missing wife finds body

The Northern Territory Police said in a news release the body of the woman, believed to be 46-year-old Claire Hockridge, was discovered south of Alice Springs.

Utilizing a compass and auto Global Positioning System machine, Mr Tran and Ms Hockridge walked collectively for loads of days sooner than splitting up.

Tran was found three days after his friend Tamra McBeath-Riley was found about 1.5 km (0.9 miles) from the vehicle they had been traveling in through Australia's remote north.

During the day, the group dug a hole underneath the auto to stay cool and then slept in the vehicle at night, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

The group spent three days ingesting by way of a provide of water, cans of iced vodka, packs of biscuits and beef noodles.

After running out of water, Phu Tran and Hockridge went looking for help, taking only a compass and a Global Positioning System.

The remains of a woman believed to be Claire Hockridge were discovered 23 miles south of Stuarts Well, Northern Territory on Wednesday, Pauline Vicary, Superintendent of Alice Springs Police Division told a press conference.

Phu Tran also addressed the media this afternoon and thanked NT Police and pastoralist Ted Fogarty for their dedication in the search.

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They eventually found a watering hole, and boiled the "quite dirty" water before sieving it through a shirt, police said. Her two friends left to try to find help.

The group and Ms. McBeath-Riley's pet, Raya, had been making a trip from Alice Springs to go on a climb when they became impeded in the Hugh River.

Mr Tran later informed police that he and Ms Hockridge had been strolling collectively unless Sunday, when they reached the fence and made a decision to split up, with Mr Tran following the fence line.

The group eventually made a decision to split up to get help.

A desperate search is now underway to search out Ms Hockridge and helicopters are being despatched out to scour the situation. A note left on the windshield led to her location.

'He continued to walk along the fence line for two days and approached the pastoralist today and the first thing he did was get some water'.

Mr Tran was found on Tuesday by a farmer who was performing checks on his vast property, about 12km from the vehicle.

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