World Desk : dhakamirror.com
The body of a German climber who has been missing since 1986 has been uncovered on a melting glacier in Switzerland.
DNA analysis showed the body was that of a of a German climber, who disappeared 37 years ago. A huge search and rescue operation at the time failed to find any trace of him.
Police did not name the climber but said he was aged 38 when he went missing during a hike.
The climber, who has not yet been named, was discovered earlier this month by climbers crossing the Theodul glacier above Zermatt, close to the country’s famous Matterhorn mountain.
Increasing glacier melt, which many scientists blame on global warming, has spurred a recent increase in discoveries of the remains of hikers, skiers and other Alpinists who went missing decades ago.
Regional police said the 38-year-old German went missing in September 1986 and that searches at the time did not find him.
On July 12 (local time), mountaineers on the Theodul glacier near the Italian border found the remains of the man, which were then transported to a nearby hospital for analysis.
Genetic tests confirmed the man’s identity, which was not made public by the regional police.
Swiss climatologists and other experts say the country’s glaciers have been melting at accelerated rates in recent years, attributing it in part to climate change caused by human activity.