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The body of an American climber who died in an avalanche 22 years ago has been found in Peru.

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul11,2024

The body of an American climber who died in an avalanche 22 years ago was found in Peru

In this photo released by the Peruvian National Police, police carry a body they identified as American climber William Stampfle on Mount Huascaran in Huaraz, Peru, July 5, 2024.

Twenty-two years ago, an avalanche buried American climber Bill Stumpfl, who was climbing Huascaran Peak – one of the highest peaks in the Andes.

His family had no hope of finding him alive or even recovering his body from under the thick snow and ice cover of the 6,700-meter mountain, reports  Associated Press.

In June, however, Stumpfl's son, Joseph, received a call from a stranger who said he had come across his father's largely intact body while climbing Huascaran.

On Tuesday, July 9, Peruvian police said they had recovered Stumpfl's body from where he was buried in an avalanche along with two fellow climbers, Matthew Richardson and Steve Erskine, who also died.

In his presence. Items found included a driver's license showing his residence in Chino, California, as well as glasses, a camera, a voice recorder and money. The gold wedding ring still adorned his left hand.

Erskine's body was soon discovered nearby, but Richardson's body could not be found.

Stumpfl's family intends to cremate his remains in Lima, after which bring the ashes home.

Huascaran – the highest mountain peak in Peru. Hundreds of climbers attempt to conquer it, accompanied by local guides, which usually takes about a week.

Climate change, however, has affected Huascaran and the surrounding peaks over 5,000 meters high that make up the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. According to official data, over the past half century the massif has lost 27% of its ice cover.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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