Jessica Louise Stephens, Kakadu: ‘Heartbroken’ mother shares emotional message following discovery of her daughter’s body, two weeks after she mysteriously disappeared on an outback camping trip

The heartbroken mother of a woman whose remains were found after a desperate search in the outback has broken her silence.

Jessica Louise Stephens, 35, last spoke to her family on October 17 before disappearing near Nourlangie Rock in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, where she had gone camping.

The intensive search for Ms Stephens, which had been ongoing since Tuesday, was concluded on Saturday after her human remains were discovered near Nourlangie Rock at around 1pm.

Her mother, Karen Evans, shared a heartbreaking post on Facebook after police informed her of the grim news.

“Our beautiful Jess has been found.” “Her soul has been released into the peace of dreamtime and heaven,” Ms. Evans wrote.

The heartbroken mother of 35-year-old Jessica Stephens (pictured) has paid tribute to her

The heartbroken mother of 35-year-old Jessica Stephens (pictured) has paid tribute to her “beautiful” daughter after her remains were found in Kakadu National Park

Ms Evans paid tribute to her daughter along with a video of Saturday’s sunset, writing: “Tonight the sunsets will brighten our broken hearts.”

“Tonight’s sunset is a reminder of how short our lives can be.”

“We will miss our beautiful daughter, sister, mother and granddaughter.”

In conversation with the ABCMs Evans thanked the search and rescue team for working in difficult weather conditions.

“I would also like to thank the entire search team, the traditional owners of Kakadu and the police for the extensive search and eventual location of Jess,” Ms Evans said.

Human remains believed to be Ms Stephens were found near Nourlangie Rock (pictured) on Saturday after a search for the missing motorhome began on Tuesday

Human remains believed to be Ms Stephens were found near Nourlangie Rock (pictured) on Saturday after a search for the missing motorhome began on Tuesday

Ms Stephen's mother revealed her daughter had recently been released from the psychiatric ward at Darwin Royal Hospital

Ms Stephen’s mother revealed her daughter had recently been released from the psychiatric ward at Darwin Royal Hospital

A total of 30 rangers, 14 police officers, two helicopters and drones had searched a 140 square kilometer area in the hope of tracking down Ms Stephens.

Kakadu is one of Australia’s largest national parks, covering almost 20,000 square kilometers of land.

Ms Stephens’ mother revealed her daughter had recently been discharged from the psychiatric ward at Darwin Royal Hospital.

Police are speaking with the camper’s family and will prepare a report for the coroner.

Emma Colton

Janice Dean is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Janice Dean joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: janicedean@wstpost.com.

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