Missing British hiker's body found in French Alps

27th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

The body of a 32-year-old British teacher who went missing while hiking in July 2008 has been found in the French Alps.

GRENOBLE – Climbers in the French Alps have recovered the body of a 32-year-old British teacher who went missing during a hiking expedition more than seven months ago, police said Thursday.

Christopher Hilton's body was found on Wednesday trapped in a frozen waterfall, at the foot of a 50-metre (110-foot) cliff, where he appeared to have fallen to his death after slipping on a patch of scree.

Mountain rescuers were sent to recover the body from the waterfall, near the Alpine town of Villard-Notre-Dame.

Hilton, a chemistry teacher from Stalybridge near Manchester in northwest England, went missing in late July after setting off on foot from a nearby campsite, to take photographs of the mountain landscape.

Rescuers failed to locate his body at the time, despite a major search.

AFP / Expatica

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