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The body was found by a member of the public near Falls Rd in Hunua, a rural township southeast of Auckland, about 3pm yesterday, police said.
While the formal identification process was still under way, police believed it was the body of Hughes-Sutherland.
The 25-year-old was last seen on May 19 this year.
Teams of people have searched for her in the Hunua Falls, Cosseys and Wairoa Reservoir areas.
Police have spoken with Hughes-Sutherland's family and are offering them support.
Inquiries are continuing.