Body found in search for missing British backpacker in Australia

Aslan King was camping with friends when he had a "medical episode" and hit his head, before suddenly running into bushland.
Aslan King was camping with friends when he had a "medical episode" and hit his head, before suddenly running into bushland.PHOTO: VICTORIA POLICE

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian police on Tuesday (Nov 26) found a body they believed to be that of a British backpacker who ran from a campsite on the weekend, prompting an intensive search. 

“Officers are yet to formally identify the body” police said in a statement. “However, it is believed to be Aslan King.”

Mr King was last seen at a camping ground in Princetown, on the popular and picturesque Great Ocean Road, at about 2am on Saturday. 

He had been camping with friends near the Twelve Apostles about three hours from Melbourne when he had a “medical episode” and hit his head, before suddenly running into bushland. 

Fearing Mr King – who had been on holiday in Australia for two weeks – had become disorientated and lost in the bush, police deployed a helicopter, horses, motorcycle riders, specialist rescue teams and volunteers to find him. 

“The body was located about 10.15am this morning in a creek just over a kilometre from the camping ground where Aslan was last seen,” police said. 

“Investigators will prepare a report for the coroner.”