Body of German man missing for 32 years found on Swiss glacier | News | DW
, 2022-08-30 18:29:53,
The remains of a German man who went missing while hiking in 1990 were discovered near the mountain resort community of Zermatt, Switzerland. The area is home to the imposing Matterhorn peak, deep in the Alps.
Mountaineers discovered the body, along with hiking equipment on the Stockji glacier at the end of July.
Authorities then carried out DNA testing and confirmed this week that the remains were those of a 27-year-old from the town of Nürtingen, Baden-Württemberg.
Swiss police said that the shrinking of the glacier helped unearth the body of the man.
Hikers found ‘mummified’ body
In an interview with The Switzerland Times, mountaineer Luc Lechanoine said he and a fellow climber, who were on a tour of the Stockji glacier, first spotted several colored things on a stone and became worried.
“It was clear to us that these things do not have a natural origin. So we decided to take a closer look at these items. So we went down, also to find out if there was still someone there and if we could help them,” Lechanoine said.
They then found the equipment and the man’s body near to it.
“The clothes were neon colored and in the style of the 80s,” the hiker said, adding that the body was mummified and slightly damaged “but still complete.”
The group descended to Zermatt where they provided police with a photo and the exact location, which helped authorities quickly retrieve the body.
An ‘experienced’ mountaineer
The 27-year-old man was identified as Thomas Flamm who went…
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