Remains of hiker missing since 1987 found in Swiss glacier

The remains of a German hiker who went missing almost exactly three decades ago have been found in an Alpine glacier, police in south-western Switzerland said.

The remains of the unidentified man were found after two hikers last week happened upon a hand and a pair of shoes sticking out of the Hohlaub glacier, the regional Valais police department said.

Lab tests identified the deceased man, who was about 44 when he went missing on August 11 1987.

The victim's family has been informed, Valais police spokesman Markus Rieder said.

Swiss authorities are intermittently finding the bodies of adventurers who have gone missing in Alpine ice and snow.

Mr Rieder said authorities believe global warming has increasingly caused glaciers to retreat, raising the likelihood of finding more such human remains.

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