Tragic end to search for Orange mother Esther Wallis

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The body of a woman who went bushwalking in regional NSW has been found, almost two weeks after she was reported missing.

Esther Wallace was last seen at Federal Falls at the Mount Canobolas State Recreation Area — about 20km southwest of Orange on November 30.

The 47-year-old first went missing during a sunrise bush walk with her partner.

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It’s understood at some point during their walk, the pair became separated on the challenging bushwalking track.

However, family at the time said hiking was out of character.

On Sunday afternoon, police found Wallace’s body just kilometres away from where she was last seen in the national park.

Esther Wallace was reported missing on November 30 after a bushwalking at sunrise in central west NSW. Credit: NSW Police

“A body, believed to be that of a woman missing from the state’s central west, has been located in the Mount Canobolas State Recreation Area,” NSW police said in a statement.

“She was reported missing to officers from the Central West Police District who co-ordinated a multi-agency search to locate her.”

Police say they have notified Wallace’s devastated family, and that her death was not being treated as suspicious.

“Following an extensive land and air search of the surrounding areas, a body was located just before 4pm … approximately 2km from where the woman was last seen, ”the statement added.

Police had earlier found a white coat which they said helped them narrow down their large-scale search.

“Finding those garments now gives us an area to focus our attention,” NSW Police Central West Police District acting superintendent Gerard Lawson said on Friday.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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