Missing woman's body found in Lake Wakatipu

The body of a missing Queenstown woman has been found by searchers in Lake Wakatipu.

Renee Barrett, 42, had been reported missing since May 20 and her vehicle was found abandoned in Kelvin Heights last Friday.

Since then, more than 30 police, Queenstown and Wanaka LandSAR members and the Queenstown harbourmaster had been extensively searching Lake Wakatipu, the Kawarau River and homes in Kelvin Heights.

Helicopters were also deployed to conduct aerial searches of the area.

Ms Barrett's body was found this afternoon, about 150 metres from where her car was located.

Police thanked local residents for their assistance in providing information, and for allowing searchers to access private property.

The case has now been referred to the Coroner.

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