THE body of a British man who went missing while hiking in Greece on Sunday has been found, local police say.

Robert Fromer, 26, was reported missing by his father on Monday after failing to return to his hotel.

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The body of 26-year-old Brit Robert Fromer, who was reported missing from the Greek town of Konitsa on Monday, has been found[/caption]

Greek police said the Briton’s body was discovered by a helicopter pilot in a gorge on Mount Tymfis.

Spokesman Theodoros Chronopoulos told SunOnline: “Sadly he has been found dead.”

“It appears he slipped and fell into the ravine, but only examination will confirm that.”

The discovery was made late on Wednesday, but the surrounding terrain proved too steep and rocky for the body to be retrieved immediately, and rescuers were forced to return on Thursday morning.

Chronopoulos added that an operation to retrieve the body had gotten underway.

Fromer set off on Sunday from the northwestern town of Konitsa heading for the Zagoria district, where Mount Tymfis is situated.

His father phoned emergency services the following day, telling them that his son had not returned and that his phone had been deactivated.

A search was launched, and a rental car Fromer had been using was found locked and parked outside the nearby village of Mikro Papigo at around 8pm local time on Monday.

FEARS CONFIRMED

The ensuing search for Fromer enlisted help from local volunteers and villagers who knew the mountain’s terrain and footpaths well.

A helicopter and two specially-trained police dogs were also brought in.

Authorities said the fact Fromer’s phone was not active made the search more difficult.

“If it was on we’d have satellite support to help pin-point his location,” a spokesperson said.

“Not having it makes it that much more difficult.”

Before the discovery of Fromer’s body, police had expressed fears that he could have “slipped and fallen”.

Konitsa is a town near Greece’s border with Albania, built on a mountainside and overlooking a valley.

It is a regional hub for the surrounding villages and a popular starting point for tourists and hikers wanting to explore the Pindos mountains.

Recent weeks have seen a number of Brits going missing abroad.

In August, Natalie Christopher, an astrophysicist from London, disappeared while out jogging in Cyprus.

Her body was later discovered at the bottom of a ravine, apparently having been hit by a large boulder.

Also in August, 15-year-old Nora Quoirin disappeared in Malaysia, sparking a huge manhunt of the area surrounding the resort where she was staying.

Her family suspected she had been abducted, and her body was found a week after her disappearance in a nearby area of rain forest.


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