Body believed to be of missing Australian trekker found

Matt Allpress

Margaret Allpress with Matt’s portrait at a press meet held in Kathmandu on April 25.

The body believed to be of missing Australian trekker Matt Allpress has been found near a village in Annapurna Region – a popular trekking trail in Nepal.

A Facebook page set up by Matt’s family states: “It is unfortunate that we have to report this news: On 10th May two local Nepali people foraging in the mountains above Sikles, about one hour off the main track, found human remains. The next day, authorities went to the site and reported finding personal equipment belonging to Mr Allpress”.

Matt has been missing in the Annapurna Region since November. He was on a 10-day solo trek.

Police are at the incident site. The remains, however, are yet to be formally identified as being that of the 23-year-old trekker.

At a press meet organized by Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Kathmandu on April 25, Matt’s mother Margaret said her son was on a solo trek to Dudhpokhari in Lamjung after completing the Annapurna Circuit Trek. “He informed us on November 3 from a guesthouse in Sikles that he would be out of contact for 9-10 days, heading toward a place called Dudhpokhari and that he would back to catch a flight to Sydney on November 14. That was the last time we heard from him,” a tearful Margaret had said.

The Allpress family has conducted land and aerial searches to find his whereabouts, but without success.

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