Body of missing Queenstown woman found in lake


Searchers have found the body of a missing woman in Lake Wakatipu.

Renee Barrett, 42, was located at noon on Friday in the water at Kelvin Heights boat ramp, about 150 metres from where her vehicle had been found a week earlier.

Acting detective sergeant Matt Jones says: “The lake levels have been higher than normal and fluctuating due to significant rainfall in the past days.

“Police would like to thank local Queenstown residents, especially in the Kelvin Heights residents’ association for their assistance in providing information and allowing SAR [Search and Rescue] volunteers to search private properties and areas close to where Ms Barrett went missing.”

Land SAR volunteers carried out extensive foot searches in the area over the seven days since Friday, May 23.

The search also included aerial searches by helicopter.

The case has now been referred to the coroner.