Eight months after her disappearance in Peru, fishermen are said to have found the body of Belgian Natacha de Crombrugghe (28) in the province of Caylloma. According to local authorities, she may have been swept up by the Colca River. An autopsy should clarify the identity.
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The body was found in Huambo District, Caylloma Province. According to Peruvian media, the preliminary police report would show that it concerns the tourist Natacha de Crombrugghe, who has been missing since January 24. But our State Department won’t confirm that to our editors until there is a formal identification.
It was fishermen from the Puente Chocó association who made the gruesome find this week and notified the police. The body was in an advanced state of decomposition. The victim was lying between two rocks and had blond hair, according to local media.
The Belgian Natacha de Crombrugghe was on a hike in Peru. She left a backpack in her hotel room in Cabanaconde, a small village at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters in the Peruvian Andes, when she left for the Colca gorge early in the morning on January 24. A journey that was not without its dangers, especially without a guide.
When she did not return, she was searched for for weeks by police, mountain guides and volunteers. Her parents and Belgian investigators also went to Peru to help search.
But they returned without news.
So now there could be a breakthrough, although it remains to be seen until the results of the autopsy are known.
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