Body Confirmed to be that of Lost Hiker


Body Confirmed to be that of Lost Hiker


Police have confirmed that the body found in Bleiksárgljúfur canyon, South Iceland, on Tuesday night is that of Ásta Stefánsdóttir, a 35-year-old lawyer, who had been missing since June 10, reports.

Ásta was staying in a summer house in the region with her fiancée Pino Becerra Bolanos from Spain over the Whitsun weekend. When no one had heard from them on June 10, search and rescue were called out.

Bolanos’ body was found in the canyon that same night. An autopsy revealed that she had died from injuries after falling down the 30-meter (98-feet) high waterfall in the canyon.

In an unrelated case, a body found in Landmannaafrétt in the south-central highlands on Thursday is thought to be that of Nathan Foley-Mendelssohn, a hiker from the U.S. who went missing on September 27 last year, reports.

Two hundred search and rescue workers were called out to look for him after he was not heard from in 17 days. Foley-Mendelssohn had planned to walk the Laugavegur route from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk and over Fimmvörðuháls to Skógar.

The man’s friends traveled to Iceland to take part in the search.

The case is being investigated by police in Hvolsvellir.


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