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Rose of Tralee contestant found dead in New Zealand

Monica Reid was last seen on Friday afternoon

The 26 year old was reported missing on Friday
The 26 year old was reported missing on Friday

A Rose of Tralee contestant has been found dead in New Zealand after her family reported her missing last week.

Monica Reid was last seen in Matipo Road, Te Atatū in West Auckland on Friday afternoon.

Police had issued an appeal and a major search and rescue operation was also launched.

Officers have since confirmed Monica’s body has been found in an update

North Shore, Rodney & West Auckland Police confirmed the 26-year-old woman reported missing has been located deceased.

They added that her death is not being treated as suspicious and will be referred to the coroner.

Police confirmed her death is not being treated as suspicious
Police confirmed her death is not being treated as suspicious

Ms Reid was this year’s Auckland Rose and took part in the New Zealand competition last month to choose a representative to travel to Ireland for the International Rose of Tralee pageant in August, but was not selected as the overall winner.

Several people paid tribute on social media and sent their condolences to her heartbroken family and friends.

One person shared: “Losing such a joy from the world today. Monica Reid you were such a bright person. There was a time when I didn’t appreciate it.”

Another said: “Monica was one of the kindest, most caring, loveliest person I know. She made this world a brighter place, and it is duller without her in it.”