Mother and daughter bodies found
Police have found two bodies inside a car belonging to two Christchurch women missing since Thursday.
Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Hill said the bodies had not yet been formally identified but were likely to be those of Marilyn Zidich, 62, and her daughter, Selina Madden, 35.
Their vehicle, a grey Fiat Tipo hatchback, was found during a foot search in dense scrub this morning, about 70 metres below Dyers Pass Rd on the Christchurch side of the summit.
Police were working to recover the vehicle and bodies this afternoon.
Hill said the deaths would be reported to the coroner.
He thanked those who had contacted police with information and possible sightings of the missing car.
Helicopters had been involved in the search after the women were reported missing from their Belfast home on Thursday.
Senior Constable Sonya Lemmens has previously described the women as preferring their own company and to be at home.
"They have never been known to leave home for this length of time."
A female family member who lived with the women reported the disappearance to police, Lemmens said.
"They are very close and communicate with the other family member who lives with them," she said.