Police say they cannot yet explain the death of an Otago woman who had been missing for two days.
Officers had been searching around the coastal settlement of Karitane for Grace Gardner, who disappeared suddenly from her home on Sunday night.
The 36-year-old's body was found early on Tuesday at a house in the area.
Police say the circumstances of the death are unusual, but will not give details.
A post-mortem is expected on Thursday.
Police are investigating the case on behalf of the coroner.