Mountain climbers have discovered the frozen body of a young climber who disappeared 32 years ago in the French Alps, French media reports say.
Patrice Hyvert was last seen alive on 1 March 1982, when he took a solitary climb in the Mont Blanc mountain range on the French-Italian border.
The 23-year-old did not return after the weather took a bad turn.
Rescue officials say the mountaineer’s frozen body was found with his ID and all of his ski equipment still on him.
“We identified him straightaway. He still had his ID papers on him, and all his equipment, including his skis.” – Captain Patrick Ribes of the Chamonix gendarmerie rescue service
His body was found by two climbers on 3 July on the Talefre glacier at an altitude of 2,687 metres, local newspaper Dauphine Libere reported.
His father, Gerard, told RTL radio that he had given up hope of finding his son’s body.