Mummified Remains of Missing American Mountaineer Found in Peru After 22 Years

Mummified Remains of Missing American Mountaineer Found in Peru After 22 Years

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Discovery and Recovery

The mummified body of William Stampfl, an American mountaineer missing since 2002 after an avalanche on , was discovered due to climate change-induced ice melt in 's range.

Stampfl's body, clothing, and personal items were well-preserved by the freezing temperatures. His passport and driver's license were instrumental in confirming his identity.

Family's Reaction and Global Context

Stampfl's family, initially resigned to the belief that his remains would never be found, expressed shock and mixed emotions upon the discovery, planning to cremate his body in Peru.

This discovery comes amid a trend of increasing finds of missing individuals in mountainous regions due to glacier melt, highlighting the impact of climate change on both the environment and mountaineering.
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