Policastro Bussentino (Italy) (AFP) - The body of a French hiker who disappeared nine days ago south of Naples was found Sunday, local Italian authorities said.
"The body of Simon Gautier has been found a short while ago," the authorities in Sapri, near Belvedere di Ciolandre where the 27-year-old hiker was found dead.
Gautier called for help on August 9, saying he had fallen down a cliff and broken both legs, but was unable to give his location other than "in the middle of nowhere, on the coast".
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His family has complained that it took too long for the rescuers to organise the search.
According to the Italian media, he was found at the bottom of a ravine after a rescuer with binoculars spotted Gautier's backpack.
Teams of firefighters and alpine rescuers along with a helicopter and drones on Sunday searched the area of mountains and cliffs bordering the sea.
Gautier had been living in Rome for two years working on a thesis on art history. He set out to hike alone from Policastro Bussentino to Naples and had sent his family a picture of his backpack.
On Sunday evening a vigil was planned in the village of Scario, the closest to the search area, where an open-air mass had been held in the afternoon for the rescue teams and the young man.