Australian police find body believed to be missing Vancouver woman
Natalie Perkins was last seen Feb. 15 and had been living in Australia for three years
Canadian friends and family of Natalie Perkins are grieving after Australian police found a body they believe to be the 36-year-old Vancouver woman, missing in Australia for two weeks.
Perkins, 36, had been living in Byron Bay, Australia for several years. She was last seen on the afternoon of Feb. 15, leaving a medical appointment.
Wednesday morning, police in New South Wales found a woman's body while searching "bushland" in Byron Bay, south of Brisbane.
"Although identification is yet to be confirmed, it is believed that the body is that of a 36-year-old Canadian woman missing from the area," said the police in a release.
"Our family and friends grieve tonight for Natalie Perkins for she has been found on the shores of Byron Bay," wrote Terry Sample, who described himself as her uncle on Facebook.
"We are crying now for the loss of such a good person."
Police previously said that her disappearance was out of character, and Perkins had a health condition that required medication. The death did not appear to be suspicious, according to the release.
Friends had set up a crowdfunding site to help raise money for the search, which now may be used for a memorial service, according to an update Wednesday.