Mum­mi­fied body of triath­lete miss­ing for three years found on side of vol­canic moun­tain

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MUM­MI­FIED hu­man re­mains found in a moun­tain pass have been iden­ti­fied as a triath­lete mss­ing for three years.

Vic­tor Teni's body was spot­ted by a 39-year-old climber on Tiede, a vol­canic moun­tain on Tener­ife in Spain's Ca­nary Is­lands.

Moun­tain res­cue teams found the per­fectly pre­served re­mains hid­den be­hind a rock with his pos­ses­sions scat­tered around him.

Teni, an early star of the Iron Man ex­treme ath­let­ics move­ment who com­peted in the World Championships, is be­lieved to have fallen more than 300 feet to his death. He was re­ported miss­ing three years ago. Civil Guard sources told lo­cal me­dia the body was re­cov­ered more than 9,000 feet up the moun­tain.

Teni, a highly ex­pe­ri­enced sports­man, had been seen for the last time on New Year's Day in 2014 as he was pre­par­ing to climb the moun­tain.

Searches by moun­tain res­cuers, po­lice, friends and other climbers failed to find him.

His body had be­come stuck be­hind a pile of vol­canic de­bris and it took res­cuers two hours on foot to reach him.

The out­doors ac­tion man once even cy­cled through the Hi­malayas. In 2010 he came fifth in the Sa­hara Marathon.

He worked as a phys­io­ther­a­pist in Radazul on Tener­ife.

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