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