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British climber's body found in Alps three decades on

Published on Feb 11, 2014 9:22 PM
 

GENEVA (AFP) - The body of a British climber missing since 1979 has been found on the Matterhorn peak in the Swiss Alps, after emerging from melting ice, police said on Tuesday.

He was identified by his family as Jonathan Conville, a former paratrooper who had gone on to work at a mountain sports centre near in the Scottish Highlands.

"Jonathan's remains were recovered, have been cremated and his ashes will rest in Zermatt," the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust, set up by his family to encourage young climbers, said on its website.

Zermatt is a hub for climbers scaling the peaks of the Swiss Alps, notably the nearby 4,478m Matterhorn, whose pyramidal shape makes it one of the world's most recognisable mountains.

 
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