French trekker found dead in Nepal: police
A 22-year-old Frenchman who went missing three weeks ago while trekking in a remote region of northeastern Nepal has been found dead, a police officer said on Friday.
Hugo Lechevallier left his hotel in Jiri, 184 kilometres (114 miles) east of Kathmandu, on August 24 to trek into the mountainous region known as the "Gateway to Everest".
"We dispatched four search teams to different locations two weeks ago," district superintendent Umesh Raj Joshi told AFP.
"One of the teams found his dead body in the remote village of Jhyaku on Wednesday," he said.
The Frenchman had ignored advice from locals not to trek in the leech-infested and misty hills, Joshi said.
He said the cause of death was not yet known.
The mechanical engineer's body was airlifted to Kathmandu for a post-mortem examination on Thursday, he added.
"He had stayed in a local hotel for a day and told the staff there that he was heading to a Hindu temple in another district," Joshi said.
"He was a Buddhist so we thought he must be meditating somewhere. But it looks like he got lost on his way," Joshi said, adding that Lechevallier's passport and other belongings were found with him.
Lechevallier's father, Vincent, travelled to Nepal to ask police to launch the search after becoming worried about his son's safety, Joshi said.
© 2011 AFP