Body found in Australia outback search

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Australian police have found a body in their search for the final member of a group which became stranded in the outback more than two weeks ago.

The body has not been identified but it is believed to be 46-year-old Claire Hockridge, Northern Territory Police said.

Ms Hockridge had been travelling with two others when their car got stuck in a riverbed on 19 November.

Tamra McBeath-Riley, 52, and Phu Tran, 40, were found alive earlier this week.

The group and Ms McBeath-Riley’s dog, Raya, had been travelling from Alice Springs to go on a hike when they became bogged in the Hugh River.

They had stayed by the car for around three days in an unsuccessful attempt to free it, before splitting up to find help.

Mr Tran and Ms Hockridge planned to head towards a highway, while Ms McBeath-Riley stayed in the area, thinking her dog would not survive a long walk.

Police despatched helicopters to search for the trio. They spotted Ms McBeath-Riley on Sunday, about 1.5km (0.9 miles) away from the car.

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

This is a breaking news story – more to follow.

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