Hunters find body of British hiker missing since June

David Oldman had been walking from London to Gibraltar when he went missing in June in the hills near Albox, in the southern Spanish province of Almeria.

Hunters find body of British hiker missing since June
The 66-year-old was an experienced hiker. DavidOldmanismissing / Facebook

Hunters discovered the remains of the 66 year-old on Sunday morning and alerted police.

The retired librarian and former Leicester councillor was last seen on June 9th when he set off from a hostel in Huercal-Overa to walk to nearby Albox.

Described as an experience hiker, Oldman was attempting to walk a 2,250 Km trek from London to Gibraltar, a trip he was making in stages.

His family became concerned after he failed to phone home and missed his return flight back to London on June 13th.

Friends and family launched appeals on social media and last month travelled to Almeria to walk the 20km route between the towns where he went missing.

His body was discovered by a group of hunters who called the police. A post-mortem is due to be carried out on Monday to determine the cause of death.

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Spain mourns Blanca Fernández Ochoa, the Olympian skier found dead in Madrid’s sierra

The body of former Spanish alpine skimedallist Blanca Fernández Ochoa was found Wednesday in a mountainous area near Madrid after days of searches for her by hundreds of police and volunteers, officials said.

Spain mourns Blanca Fernández Ochoa, the Olympian skier found dead in Madrid's sierra
Archive photo of Blanca Fernández Ochoa during her Olympic career.

The 56-year-old — won a bronze skiing for Spain in the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, becoming the country's first female Winter Olympic medallist — had been missing since she was last spotted on surveillance video at a shopping centre on August 24th.

Her car was later found at a parking lot near the start of a hiking trail in Cercedilla, a mountainous village near Madrid. The authorities said they are still investigating the cause of her death.

“Solidarity, support and human warmth have been felt these days in the mountains of Cercedilla. Security forces and many volunteers have taken part in the search for Blanca Fernández Ochoa. But nothing could be done. My affection to all her family,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted.

Hundreds of police, firefighters, forest rangers and volunteers, backed by helicopters, drones and tracking dogs, had taken part in the search for Fernández Ochoa.

Her family only alerted the authorities about her disappearance on August 29th because they said it was not unusual for her to go on hikes in the area, even without her phone, according to Spanish media reports.

Police on Saturday issued an appeal on social media for help from the public in locating Fernández Ochoa along with a picture of her, which drew media attention to her disappearance.

She was well known in Spain, where she had taken part in several TV reality shows after retiring from sports.

Her older brother, Francisco Fernández Ochoa, won a gold medal for skiing in the 1972 Winter Olympics in Japan. He is the first and only Spaniard to have won a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.   

There is a statue in his honour in Cercedilla.   

Until 2018 the brother and sister were the only Spaniards to have won medals at a Winter Olympics.

“It is a very sad day for Spanish sports,” Spain's secretary of state for sports, Maria Jose Rienda, said in a statement.

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