NC State grad, mom missing in New Zealand found alive

Published: Apr. 29, 2016 at 10:14 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2016 at 12:52 AM EDT
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WAIKANAE, NZ (WNCN) – A 22-year-old graduate of N.C. State University and her mother were found safe after they went missing while hiking in New Zealand.

Rachel Lloyd and her mother Carolyn, 45, were reported missing near Waikanae in the Tararua Forest Park. Waikanae is just north of Wellington. Officials said the family lives in Charlotte, NC.

New Zealand Police tweeted the women were found safe.

The New Zealand Herald reported they were supposed to check out of their motel three days ago and return their car Thursday.

Police said Rachel and her mother were seen by several people at the beginning of the Kapakapanui Track in the park.

Two dog teams, helicopters and four-wheel drives were all being used in the search for the missing women, New Zealand Police said.

The track is classified as an advanced walk with steep, rough and muddy sections, the Herald reported.

Sgt. Anthony Harmer with New Zealand Police said the track is a popular day-loop track.

"There are a couple of places where people can make mistakes and end up off the track and we are looking at that possibility this morning," Harmer said.

Rachel Lloyd worked as a research assistant at N.C. State, where she was studying political science. Her mom was visiting her in New Zealand.