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Police believe the body they found at the base of Boogaren Falls yesterday is that of missing Mullumbimby woman Krista Bernard.

The 41-year-old environmental activist was last seen on Thursday after dropping her partner at work at Tunnel Road, Mullumbimby, and was reported missing on Friday.

Police began a search for Ms Bernard and put out a call through media for members of the community to be on the lookout for her.

Police and emergency services workers located the body near Boogaren Falls at Mount Jerusalem National Park shortly after 7am yesterday.

A police spokesperson last night told Echonetdaily that while a full identification has yet to be made, they believed the body to be that of Ms Bernard.

In 2000 Ms Bernard was named Australian Geographic’s Young Adventurer of the Year after cycling from Indonesia to Egypt.

She was a strong supporter of the Mullumbimby-based charity Rainforest Rescue and kept a blog of her rides at www.ridehimalaya.com/kristabike.html.

Inquiries into the woman’s death continue and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Anyone with information about the woman’s death is asked to contact Byron Bay Police or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.


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