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Missing Costa Rican snowboarder found dead

The Local · 10 Jul 2012, 17:49

Published: 10 Jul 2012 17:49 GMT+02:00

The body has been found of missing Costa Rican snowboarder Jorge Mario Brenes Jaikel, who disappeared near the Matterhorn on July 4th.

The tourist, who would have celebrated his 30th birthday yesterday, fell into a crevasse outside the secure ski area from a height of around 15 metres, police said.

The accident most likely occurred on Wednesday, July 4th, according to the Valais cantonal police.

A rescue party found the body on Tuesday after a search involving helicopters, mountain guides and rescue dogs.

Jorge Mario Brenes Jaikel left his parents and one of his sisters in Vevey to go snowboarding alone last Wednesday at the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise in Zermatt.

His last known movements indicate that he withdrew cash from an ATM, rented snowboarding equipment and made his way to the ski lift at around 10am.

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His family became concerned when he did not return by train to Vevey as planned on Thursday. They reported his disappearance to the police when he failed to show up for a work-related flight to London on Saturday.

The Local (news@thelocal.ch)

Your comments about this article

2012-07-10 22:23:06 by smaraya63
It was to be a celebration: Jorge Mario's parent's 30th wedding anniversary, his mother's 50th birthday and Jorge Mario's 30th birthday!! So, we celebrate his life differently from what we had originally planned...but, thankful that he has been found. I just wanted to take this moment to thank you for covering the news...and to thank the Swiss government as well as your police for all of your help and support. The search team risked their lives to bring us closure and the entire family is most grateful!!! God bless you all, as you have been a blessing to us! Sylvia Araya, M.D. (cousin)
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