Bone of missing British cadet found in the Alps

14th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

CHAMONIX, France, March 14, 2007 (AFP) - DNA test have confirmed that a bone recovered from a river in the French Alps belonged to a British officer cadet who went missing in the area in August 2004, French officials said Wednesday.

CHAMONIX, France, March 14, 2007 (AFP) - DNA test have confirmed that a bone recovered from a river in the French Alps belonged to a British officer cadet who went missing in the area in August 2004, French officials said Wednesday.

The shin bone, recovered in the River Arve in December, belonged to Blake Hartley, 25, one of the organisers of an officer training camp in the French ski resort of Chamonix, a local state prosecutor said.

Hartley is believed to have drowned in the Arve after a night of drinking in a local nightclub with the rest of his group, the prosecutor said.

Local French newspaper the Dauphine Libere said the bone was recovered by a 73-year-old pensioner, who was certain he had seen Hartley's body float by the night he went missing and had been combing the river bed for proof ever since.

At the time, an intensive search by French police had revealed no trace of the body.

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