A hunter found the body of Helmut Simon, a German climber who discovered a Bronze Age mummy frozen intact in a glacier in 1991. Mr Simon had been missing since taking off for a hike more than a week ago.
Mr Simon, 67, of Nuremberg, disappeared on October 15 while hiking in the area. Mountain rescuers had planned to call off their search yesterday unless any traces of the avid mountaineer were found.
The hunter found the body in a stream on the Gaiskarkogel, a peak near Bad Hofgastein, a resort town some 70 kilometres south of Salzburg, the Austria Press Agency reported. The hunter notified two of 39 rescue workers who were participating in the search, Andrea Hinterseer, the spokeswoman for Salzburg's mountain rescue service, told APA.
The search for Mr Simon, which involved dogs and helicopters, had been halted on Tuesday after a metre of fresh snow fell at higher altitudes. Rescuers began their search again on Thursday, after some of the snow had melted.
Mr Simon and his wife, Erika, in 1991 discovered "Oetzi," the mummified remains of a prehistoric hunter that were remarkably well-preserved in glacier ice for 5,300 years. The remains are now on display in a museum and draw 300,000 visitors each year.