Police have found a body believed to be that of missing German tourist Monika Billen, during aerial searches east of Alice Springs today.
Superintendent Pauline Vicary of the Alice Springs Division said police located the body 2.9kms west of Emily Gap off a track and under a tree at 3:15pm today.
She says: “Police received additional information from Ms Billen’s telecommunications provider and have continued with aerial searches in specific areas for the past two days.
“It has required extensive work, interpreting data from both international and national phone providers, but the outcome assisted in narrowing down the search parameters and eventually locating Ms Billen (online image).
“Members have worked tirelessly to locate the 62-year-old since she was reported missing to police on January 11,” says Supt Vicary.
“It is deeply upsetting that we have to tell her family this sad news, but we are relieved to be able to provide them with answers.
“I’d like to thank all Police, NT Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife, and Council Rangers personnel who were heavily involved in the search.”
Police have contacted the family to advise them of the outcome and will now prepare a report for the Coroner.
UPDATE January 17, 3:40pm
The Coroner has confirmed this afternoon that the body found is that of Monika Billen. The Alice Springs News staff conveys its most sincere condolences to her family and friends.