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Spain: Missing Olympic medalist found near Madrid after 11 days01:23

Spain: Missing Olympic medalist found near Madrid after 11 days

Spain, Cercedilla
September 4, 2019 at 17:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

The body of Spanish former Olympic alpine skier Blanca Fernández Ochoa was found in the Guadarrama Mountains of Madrid on Wednesday, after 11 days of searchs involving police and hundreds of volunteers.

The Government’s delegate in Madrid María Paz Garcia Vera confirmed the news to media in Cercedilla: “The body of a person has been located in the area of Collado del Rey around 12:30 in the morning.”

The lifeless body of the Olympic medalist was found at the peak of La Penota, in the mountains of Madrid by an off-duty sergeant of the Guardia Civil with his dog Xena.

According to police sources quoted in the media, the body was identified by her clothing.

The 56-year-old Olympic medalist had been missing since 24 August, when she was last seen in a supermarket in the town of Pozuelo de Alarcon, near Madrid.

More than 200 members of the National Police and Civil Guard, firefighters and forest rangers, supported by sniffer dogs, helicopters, drones and hundreds of volunteers, during an intense four-day search operation in mountainous terrain covered in dense vegetation.

Fernández was the first Spanish woman to win a medal at the Winter Olympics, capturing bronze in France's Albertville in 1992.

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The body of Spanish former Olympic alpine skier Blanca Fernández Ochoa was found in the Guadarrama Mountains of Madrid on Wednesday, after 11 days of searchs involving police and hundreds of volunteers.

The Government’s delegate in Madrid María Paz Garcia Vera confirmed the news to media in Cercedilla: “The body of a person has been located in the area of Collado del Rey around 12:30 in the morning.”

The lifeless body of the Olympic medalist was found at the peak of La Penota, in the mountains of Madrid by an off-duty sergeant of the Guardia Civil with his dog Xena.

According to police sources quoted in the media, the body was identified by her clothing.

The 56-year-old Olympic medalist had been missing since 24 August, when she was last seen in a supermarket in the town of Pozuelo de Alarcon, near Madrid.

More than 200 members of the National Police and Civil Guard, firefighters and forest rangers, supported by sniffer dogs, helicopters, drones and hundreds of volunteers, during an intense four-day search operation in mountainous terrain covered in dense vegetation.

Fernández was the first Spanish woman to win a medal at the Winter Olympics, capturing bronze in France's Albertville in 1992.

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