The body of a mountaineer who disappeared 37 years ago found in the Alps

Finally found, more than 30 years after his disappearance. The remains of a German mountaineer, missing since 1986, were found on a glacier in the Swiss Alps in mid-July. The news was revealed by the cantonal police of Valais on Thursday in a press release.

With global warming and the melting of glaciers and eternal snow, more and more bodies of mountaineers are found in the mountains. These are often people who had been reported missing decades earlier.

Identity confirmed with DNA

This is what happened on July 12, when mountaineers discovered human remains and several pieces of equipment on the Theodule glacier in southern Switzerland. These remains were transported to the forensic medicine department of the Valais Hospital in Sion, to be examined there.

“A DNA comparison has established that it was indeed the mountaineer who had been missing since September 1986,” police confirmed. This German mountaineer, aged 38 at the time of his disappearance, had never returned from a mountain hike. A search was carried out at the time to find him but was unsuccessful.

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