The parents of 24-year-old Alexander Reich have confirmed that their son, whose disappearance in the Philippines sparked a major international search operation, was murdered near the capital Manila in September.

"/> The parents of 24-year-old Alexander Reich have confirmed that their son, whose disappearance in the Philippines sparked a major international search operation, was murdered near the capital Manila in September.

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Swiss student missing in Philippines was killed

The parents of 24-year-old Alexander Reich have confirmed that their son, whose disappearance in the Philippines sparked a major international search operation, was murdered near the capital Manila in September.

The young man’s family revealed on Monday that the 24-year-old student was murdered in Queroz City on September 22nd, the same day he disappeared. His parents released the tragic news on a Facebook page they had created to raise funds for the search.

“We are very sad. Unfortunately, we received the news this afternoon that Alex was shot dead in Manila on September 22nd. The exact circumstances are still unclear. We mourn a young, open and cheerful son and brother,” the family wrote in a post.

The Zurich cantonal police sent two officers to Manila in early December to participate in an intensive search alongside Filipino and American investigators. For the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the case was given “the highest priority.”

The family remained silent, letting investigators do their job. However, on December 14th, the young man’s father, Manuel Reich, travelled to the Philippines and offered a reward of 4,250 ($4,540) francs to anybody who could provide information about his son’s whereabouts.

Zurich cantonal police told newspaper 20 Minutes on Monday evening that they had no further details on the circumstances surrounding Reich’s murder.

Reich had travelled to the Philippines in August to take a language course. The 24-year-old student from Brüttisellen, in canton Zurich, was regularly in touch with his family and friends in Switzerland.

The last piece of information came in the form of a text message he sent at 1am on September 22nd to a friend in Manila. “I am in a white car with friends — coming soon,” he wrote. But he never showed up.

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VALAIS

Missing Valais man ‘froze to death’

A young man who went missing from Vétroz in the canton of Valais following a work party on Saturday has been found dead.

Missing Valais man ‘froze to death’
The man went missing in Vétroz. Photo: Taou Lavigne, Wikimedia Commons

The 24-year-old, who was not wearing a coat, is thought to have frozen to death in overnight temperatures of minus three degrees, according to newspaper reports.

The man’s body was discovered lying in a vegetable plot by a dog walker six days after his disappearance.

The young man, who worked for a drilling company, had moved on to a club with friends following a work night out.

At around 10pm he was thrown out of the club in t-shirt sleeves, apparently because he had no money.

According to Valais paper Le Nouvelliste, a worker at a kebab stand opposite the club was the last person to see him alive.

He said he had given the young man a sandwich although he had not had the money to pay for it.

The kebab seller said he was accompanied by another person.

The dead man’s father said he found it hard to accept that his son had died of hypothermia.

He said his son may have become disorientated and been heading for Sion.

A manhunt involving search dogs and helicopters failed to find the missing man.