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Body Found in Search for Missing Cornish Hiker

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9:38am 27th December 2013
(Updated 9:38am 27th December 2013)

Rescue crews in New Zealand searching for a Cornish hiker who went missing two weeks ago have found a body under a cliff.

They said the body had not been formally identified as that of Andrew Wyatt but it was discovered at the foot of a 100-metre (330ft) precipice that was on the 41-year-old's intended route.

Mr Wyatt, from the Penryn area, was last seen on December 15 in the Nelson Lakes National Park embarking on what was supposed to be a one-day hike to pick up supplies.

Poor weather stopped searchers from reaching the remote area until Friday, when an air force helicopter dropped in four specialised alpine rescue crews who made the grim find.

Mr Wyatt arrived in New Zealand in November and was walking the 3,000-kilometre (1,900-mile) Te Araroa Trail, which runs along the entire length of the country, when he went missing

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in New Zealand and are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

Nick Butcher from Radio New Zealand told Pirate FM about the area Mr Wyatt went missing in: "It's extremely hard to access because of bad weather conditions over the last few days, but they managed to fly expert alpine searchers in via helicopter today. From what I understand it was only a couple of hours before they discovered the body.

"This area that he went missing in is extremely remote. It does have a history. There have been people go missing there before. In fact in the 1960s there were at least two men who went missing in that same area and their bodies were never recovered.

"As you may be aware most terrain in New Zealand, whether it's mountains or forests or walking tracks, is pretty rugged. It's part of the reason a lot of people come here - to tramp and to treck and to climb mountains."

9:38am 27th December 2013

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