French police resume search for UK officer cadet

28th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

CHAMONIX, France, April 27 (AFP) - French police Wednesday resumed the search for the body of a British officer cadet who disappeared in the French Alps last August after an evening spent in a night club.

CHAMONIX, France, April 27 (AFP) - French police Wednesday resumed the search for the body of a British officer cadet who disappeared in the French Alps last August after an evening spent in a night club.  

Accompanied by dogs and divers they combed the banks of the river Arve near the ski resort of Chamonix on both sides of a dam without finding any trace of Blake Hartley, 25 at the time of his disappearance.  

The search will resume Thursday downstream from the town of Bonneville where a body had previously been seen. Divers could not intervene as the river was in flood at the time.  

Hartley, a student at the Sandhurst military academy, had gone to Chamonix in August with eight other officer cadets for a week of training in the mountains.  

After spending several hours in a Chamonix nightclub one evening, the group returned early in the morning to the campground where they were staying. Hartley was convinced they had the wrong site and went off on his own.  

His friends launched a search when he failed to return to the campsite. Police were alerted to Hartley's disappearance later in the day.  

Efforts to find him by his family, friends, police and ordinary citizens have had no result. A mountain lake was dragged after information from a medium was received but nothing was found.

© AFP

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