British hiker found dead after going missing in Peruvian Andes


A British hiker has been found dead almost a fortnight after he went missing in the Peruvian Andes.

Harry Greaves was last seen on April 7 when he set out on a solo mountain hike, two days before his 29th birthday.

The experienced outdoorsman was expected back three days later but did not return. His body was found by police and volunteers in a 40-metre crevasse on Tuesday.

His family described him as "one of the most loveliest men you could ever wish to meet" and said he was an "extremely genuine and caring person".

"Our dearest Harry has been found," they said in a statement.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that his smile will no longer give such light, he will no longer give calm through his touch, and wisdom through his words.

"Thank you to everyone who has helped us find our beloved Harry. His spirit will always be with us. From his loving family."

Mr Greaves, a furniture-maker from near Oswestry, Shropshire, flew to Peru on February 20 and was visiting friends in Pisac, near Coscou.

His friends and family, assisted by the Lucie Blackman Trust, launched a search of the area by land and helicopter in an attempt to find him.

The British Foreign Office confirmed the death and said: "Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time and our Embassy staff are continuing to support them."