POLICE from Port Stephens Local Area Command are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a woman’s body on a property south of Stroud.
The alarm was raised when a 41-year-old woman failed to show up for work which was out of character.
Police were contacted and searched a property at Girvan, between Booral and Bulahdelah, where the woman's body was found in a paddock about 8.30pm on Monday.
The search comprised local police, Police Rescue and Dog Squad, together with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
A horse, complete with saddle, was also located in the paddock.
A crime scene was established while police conduct a full investigation.
At this stage police believe the death is not suspicious.
A report will be prepared for the Coroner.
Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page www1.police.nsw.gov.au