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Himalayan backpacker Matthew Allpress' remains identified

Matthew Allpress
Matthew Allpress, 23, went missing while trekking in the Himalayas

The remains of a man found in Nepal have been confirmed as missing backpacker Matthew Allpress.

His mother, Margaret, who lives in Luton, flew to Kathmandu to join a search effort when he failed to reappear in November.

The 23-year-old had been on a trekking holiday.

Tests on skeletal remains found on 10 May by two Nepalese foraging in a mountainous area have been confirmed as Mr Allpress, a family spokesman said.

Experts used medical and dental records to confirm his identity, the spokesman added.

The examination was performed by doctors at a hospital in Kathmandu after a request by police.

Matthew Allpress was due to set out on a trek to the Dudh Pokhari area on 3 November

The spokesman said: "Margaret, Matthew's mum, attended the hospital on Thursday to view the remains and to meet with the examining doctors who had carried out the autopsy.

"The police have advised us that a new team of approximately 15 officers are being immediately deployed back to the area where the remains were found to search for, and hopefully retrieve, the remaining missing effects that belong to Matthew.

"This process will take some time but as normal we will keep everyone updated as news comes to hand."

Ms Allpress met up with her Australian son's father, Mark, after flying to Nepal.

The spokesman added: "Mark and Margaret thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers."

Margaret Allpress had previously appealed from her Luton home for help to find her son

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