Body of missing woman found in Outback

A body believed to be that of missing Alice Springs woman Claire Hockridge has been found two weeks after she went missing with two friends in the Northern Territory Outback.

NT Police announced the discovery of the body of a woman south of Alice Springs on Wednesday.

Ms Hockridge, 46, was in a group of three people who became stranded in the central Australian outback a fortnight ago.

Ms Hockridge's friend Phu Tran, 40, and her partner Tamra McBeath-Riley, 52, were both found and rescued on Tuesday morning and Sunday evening respectively.

Formal identification is yet to be conducted and police said they would prepare a report for the coroner.

The group became stranded when their ute became bogged in sand in a river bed on November 19.

Mr Tran was found by a pastoralist on Tuesday about 12km from the ute.

Ted Fogarty found tracks and followed footprints before he saw Mr Tran emerge from a large cement pipe he had slept in.

Ms McBeath-Riley, also of Alice Springs, was rescued on Sunday afternoon after a station worker noticed tyre tracks and alerted police.

The discovery of Mr Tran a fortnight after he went missing in the heat of the Outback was described as miraculous by Police Superintendent Pauline Vicary on Tuesday.

"I don't know if its unprecedented but certainly if you believe in miracles, I am saying it's a miracle," she told reporters in Alice Springs.

Mr Tran told Mr Fogarty he had left Ms Hockridge behind to look for help.

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

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