British tourist, 56, is found dead at the bottom of a cliff two days after leaving his family for a walk down ‘rough track’ in Italian mountains
The body of a 56-year-old British tourist on holiday in Italy has been discovered at the bottom of a cliff after he went missing for two days.
Gerard Christopher Turner was with his family in Lezzono, Lake Como, near the Alps in northern Italy when he decided to go for a walk in the mountains behind the village where he and his family were staying.
He left at approximately 2:30pm on 30 June, going alone and leaving his family in the hotel.
Turner made a call to his wife a couple of hours later, warning her that he was going to be late, according to Il Giorno.
But that was the last time she would ever hear from him, as hours went by without the tourist returning.
File photo: The body of a 56-year-old Gerard Christopher Turner has been discovered after he went for a walk alone in the north Italian mountains
A search party of over 50 men searched the mountains, including volunteers and technicians of the XIX Delegation of the Alpine Rescue, firefighters, Civil Protection and Carabinieri.
They were searching in the area of Carvagnana, between Nesso and Pognana Lario, where the man’s mobile phone had last been reachable. The fire brigade also brought in canine units from Piedmont to help with the search.
Eventually, Italian police called in a helicopter to use a thermoscanner to try to locate Turner, without any luck.
It was only when the fire brigade deployed drones around the area that they located Turney’s body at the bottom of a cliff in an inaccessible area.