Body of German man found in Australian wilderness: police

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Australian police Sunday said they had found the body of a German tourist who went missing in the harsh Kakadu wilderness in the country's north two days ago.

"Emergency Service personnel have located the body of a 63-year-old male who was reported missing in Kakadu on Friday night," Northern Territory police said in a statement.

It was believed the man had begun a 12-kilometre (7.5-mile) bush walk around Nourlangie Rock, an escarpment famous for its native rock art, with no water early on Friday, police said.

The man's wife raised the alarm after her husband failed to return and park rangers, police and emergency services personnel searched for the tourist on Friday and the following day without success.

The body was found off the walking track and about three kilometres from the car park access to the popular tourist spot early on Sunday.

The Northern Territory's coroner is expected to investigate the death.

Australia's tropical north is hot and humid at this time of year, with an average daily maximum temperature of 38 degrees Celsius (100 F).

© 2010 AFP

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