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Simon Daw: Body found in French Alps search for soldier

Simon Daw
Image caption Simon Daw was last seen in February in a French Alps ski resort

French police say the body of a man has been found close to the Alps ski resort where a soldier from Cardiff went missing in February.

L/Cpl Simon Daw, from Pontprennau in the city, was on leave from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh when he disappeared from the Les Deux Alpes.

Police said hikers found the body in countryside just outside the resort on Thursday evening.

Attempts to identify the man and to find out how he died are under way.

The discovery follows a two-month search for L/Cpl Daw.

He was last seen on 12 February just after midnight in a bar.

Reward

But the alarm was raised by two friends when he failed to return to a flat they were renting in Venosc.

Police said Mr Daw and his friends had not been drinking heavily on the night, where temperatures outside had reached -15 C (5F).

French officers launched an air and ground search and said the soldier's disappearance had been "a mystery".

Mr Daw's family offered a 10,000 Euro (£8,600) reward for help to trace him, and distributed leaflets and posters in the area.

A keen snowboarder, Mr Daw, who studied at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic High School in Cardiff, is based in Chester with the Royal Welsh.

A Gendarmerie spokesman said on Friday: "The body was dressed in clothes that match the description of those worn by the soldier when he went missing.

"An autopsy will be carried out to try to confirm the identity as well as the cause of death."

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