Authorities have identified body found off the coast of northern Scotland as that of a missing Australian tourist.

Police have named the woman as Lynne Radke, a tourist who had been staying at a guest house in John O’Groats.

The staff at the establishment raised the alarm on Wednesday 16 September after Radke had failed to return after leaving on Monday 14 to go sightseeing.

An investigation was launched with the local police, the Coastguard, the RNLI and the Police Scotland Dog Unit all involved in the search to find the Australian.

Following the identification of the body, Radke’s family posted a statement on the Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division Facebook page, which reads: “It is with great regret and sadness to confirm that Lynne Radke, our Daughter, Sister and Aunties body (sic) was found off the coast of Northern Scotland.

“As a family we find comfort in her peace.

“We wish to thank you all for your thoughts at this difficult time.

“We are truly grateful to the officers at Wick Police Station that have handled this difficult situation with professionalism and genuine care. We also find comfort in the assistance of the local community who have helped us in our search.

“We maintained hope for a better outcome.

“Arrangements will be announced over the coming weeks.”

Police are not treating the death as suspicious.