Lima, Peru:

The preserved body of an American mountaineer in Peru — who went missing 22 years ago while scaling a Peruvian glacier — has been found after being exposed by melting snow caused by climate change, police said Monday. told.

William Stompfel was reported missing in June 2002, aged 59, when an avalanche buried his climbing party on Mount Huascaran, which is more than 6,700 meters (22,000 ft) high. . Search and rescue efforts were fruitless.

Melting snow on the Cordillera Blanca range of the Andes finally uncovered his remains, Peruvian police said.

According to photos distributed by police, Stampfel’s body, as well as his clothes, harness and boots, were well protected from the cold.

His passport was recovered from him, which allowed the police to identify the body.

The mountains of northeastern Peru, home to snow-capped peaks such as Huascaran and Cashan, are a favorite for climbers from around the world.

In May, the body of an Israeli hiker was found nearly a month after he went missing.

And last month, an experienced Italian climber was found dead after he collapsed while trying to scale another Andean peak.

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