Body of woman found after two weeks lost in the Australian outback

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

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

Searchers have found a body believed to be Claire Hockridge, who has been missing in the Northern Territory outback for two weeks.

Ms Hockridge, her partner, Tamra McBeath-Riley, 52, and South Australian man Phu Tran, 40, went missing after going for an afternoon trek on Tuesday, November 19.

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

Police say formal identification of the body is yet to be conducted and a report in being prepared for the Coroner.

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

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

Ms McBeath-Riley spoke outside the hospital on Monday, alongside Ms Hockridge's sister, and said she was "worried to death" because she thought the pair - who had a Global Positioning System and compass with them - would have earlier reached the Stuart Highway, about 22km from where they separated.

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They had used up all their supplies of water, as well as some vodka drinks, biscuits and beef noodles they had in the auto.

Supt Pauline Vicary, from NT Police, said the pair had managed to find groundwater to drink, describing their survival as a "miracle".

They spotted Ms McBeath-Riley on Sunday, about 1.5km (0.9 miles) away from the vehicle.

Mr Phu had split two days earlier from the third person, Ms Claire Hockridge, who was said to be "still fine" at that point, as police continued an aerial search for the 46-year-old.

On Tuesday, police said they feared Ms Hockridge had "limited to no water supplies".

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.

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