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Cairngorms death hillwalker named as Graham Connell from West Yorkshire

Helicopter involved in incident
Image caption An RAF helicopter flew five of the hillwalkers off the mountain

A man found dead after a major search for six missing hillwalkers in the Cairngorms has been named.

Graham Connell, from Castleford, West Yorkshire, was found in the Jacob's Ladder area on Monday after five of his companions were rescued by helicopter.

It is understood that Mr Connell, 31, fell to his death.

The trip was organised by University of Leeds Hiking Club. Tributes on social networking sites said Mr Connell died doing what he loved.

The University of Leeds said Mr Connell was a former student who completed a physics programme in 2004, graduating with a diploma in higher education.

Counselling services

A spokesperson said: "We are sorry to learn of the death of one of our former students and our thoughts are with his family and friends.

"We are working with Leeds University Union and our counselling services to offer support to students who have been affected by this tragedy."

More than 100 rescuers and an RAF Lossiemouth helicopter were involved in the search, which was launched on Sunday night after the group was reported overdue.

The five, who were unhurt, were located on a hill near Carn Tarsuinn in the Cairngorms by Braemar Mountain Rescue Team at about 12:10.

They were landed at Rothiemurchus near Aviemore and driven away in an ambulance.

Shortly afterwards, the body of Mr Connell was recovered.

Northern Constabulary said a report would be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

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