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Hi-tech help for missing tourist
Ms Timings and Mr Montgomerie flew over mountains near Queenstown
The pair flew over mountains near Queenstown
The father of a British backpacker has called on the government to help find his daughter's body in New Zealand.

Gloucestershire-based Hannah Timings, 28, disappeared with Campbell Montgomerie, 27, whilst in a helicopter over the south island in January.

Foot and air searches found no trace of them or their helicopter, in the Fiordland National Park.

Ms Timings' family now wants the UK government to pay for hi-tech equipment which may help find the pair.

300,000 a day

Her father, Phil, believes the use of a "Synthetic Aperture Radar", which can be programmed to pinpoint a body or machine in the densest undergrowth, would find Hannah's body.

"I just want to know where they are.

"I don't need her body back. After all, she is in one of the most beautiful places in the world and somewhere she loved.

"But what I do want to know is where she is because I don't know exactly what happened or how she died and that is important for us.

"If we could find the helicopter, almost certainly they would be able to tell what happened, whether the wind blew them into a mountain or whatever," he added.

The Home Office said it would be looking into Mr Timings request and any correspondence between him and the Home Secretary David Blunkett would be responded to "in due course".

He wants the government to make the specialist radar equipment, which he says can cost 300,000 a day, available to him.

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