New Zealand volcano: Police call off search for two missing victims

The person, who was not identified, died Sunday night at a hospital in the city of Auckland, New Zealand Police Deputy Commissioner John Tims said in a statement.

At the end of last week it had pained police to scale back the search for Langford and Marshall-Inman.

Two people - Winona Langford, 17, of Sydney, and New Zealand tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman, 40 - remain missing and are presumed dead.

They were visiting White Island two weeks ago on their honeymoon when the volcano erupted, killing 19 people and leaving more than two dozen others with severe burns from the scalding steam.

The family of an Australian school-girl whose parents were killed during the White Island volcano eruption have been left devastated again after the search for her body has been called off.

"The search for the two missing victims of the Whakaari/White Island eruption has been suspended", police superintendent Andy McGregor said Tuesday.

Police believe their bodies have washed out into the waters surrounding White Island.

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A funeral service for the father of three was held on December 22, Ms Cozad wrote on Facebook.

McGregor said they made the decision after "extensive shoreline and substantial aerial searches" of the area. "Police remain ready to respond if new information comes to light", he added.

"This has been a hard time for everyone involved, but New Zealand is an awesome country with incredible people who have helped us more than we could've ever hoped for", they said.

There has been criticism that tourists were allowed on the island, a popular destination for day-trippers, given the risks of an active volcano. That has led to speculation the tragedy could lead to major changes for New Zealand's thrill-seeker tourism industry.

New Zealand Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the blast.

His brother, Mark Inman, wrote a letter to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pleading to do the job himself.

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