Police in Nelson, B.C., have found the body of a young woman who disappeared last March, and they credit a local psychic for pointing them in the right direction.

Kimberley Anne Sarjeant was last seen walking alone in a popular hiking spot near Nelson.

Police say they used every tool at their disposal to try to find her, including search dogs, helicopters and infrared heat detectors.

When none of the standard techniques seemed to work, Sgt. Steve Bank called on a local psychic for help.

Police had already searched along an abandoned railway line where the 23-year-old woman was last seen.

But local psychic Norm Pratt steered police away from that trail. About a kilometre into nearby woods, police found Sarjeant's clothes. Her remains were discovered in the same area.

"Without the use of the psychic, I think I'd still be looking for this person," Bank said Wednesday.

Police aren't releasing the cause of death, but Bank said foul play is not suspected.