A BRIT hiker has been found dead on a mountain trail in the Swiss Alps three months after his disappearance.
Aidan Roche, 29, had not been heard from since June 22, when he was halfway through his two-week solo hiking and camping trip.
It is believed he was on the Eiger Trail before taking the cable car to the Eiger Glacier and then heading northeast down the trail.
After contact with him was lost, an urgent search was launched for the chemical engineer from Middlesbrough.
His close friends and family raised the alarm when they had not received any pictures or text messages from him for some time.
Mountain rescue teams and police walked along the path Aidan had taken before sadly discovering his body.
Aidan was found near the trial while hiking in the Grindelwald area last week.
It is not yet known how he died.
His heartbroken family has since paid tribute to him.
Aidan’s brother Connor Roche, 32, who supported the relief effort, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has helped support our family over the last few months.”
“The news hit us all hard, family and friends alike, even though we always had this outcome in our minds.
“To everyone who shared his story, sent messages of support or made donations, our deepest gratitude goes out.”
“Anyone who knew Aidan knew he was a character.
“We can see from the overwhelming support in the search for him how much he was loved and how much he will be missed by so many people. He will always be remembered by family and friends.”
Aidan’s family previously said they were hopeful and wanted a “crazy survival story.”
Connor said: “I’m trying to hold out hope that maybe he’s decided to defect, or maybe he’s hit his head and forgotten who he is, but I have to fall back on what we actually know and that Evidence suggests he’s still on the move.” Mountain and we haven’t found him yet.
“There’s a chance he has a crazy survival story.”
Aidan’s last contact with his loved ones was a photo of him halfway down the Eiger Trail on the afternoon of June 22nd.