Searchers have found the body of missing Nelson woman Ann Sheridan in dense bush near the city.
Miss Sheridan, 48, was reported missing on Monday.
The discovery of a body was made at 3pm in the Grampians. Police say they have formally identified her and told next of kin.
Nelson Bays police area commander Steve Greally said a large team had worked tirelessly searching for Miss Sheridan.
"While this is not the result we all hoped for, we are pleased to get closure for Ann's friends and family.''
A post mortem will be conducted and the death referred to the coroner.
Miss Sheridan was committed to the environment and had just been appointed to a senior post with the Department of Conservation national office in Wellington.
The department confirmed she was about to take up a senior policy adviser role.
She was the former environmental manager for Nelson iwi environmental agency Tiakina te Taiao kaupapa Maori.
She had recently worked for the Fisheries Ministry.
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