September 18, 2023, 3:42 p.m
Updated: September 18, 2023, 3:43 p.m
The parents of 29-year-old Michael P. from Linz in the north of Austria informed the police on Sunday because their son did not return home from a three-day hike in the mountains.
Michael he chose the Almsee lake as his starting point. From there he planned to embark on a three-day tour of the ridges of several peaks, Neunerkogel (1904 meters) Zehnerkogel (1929 meters), Elferkogel (2038 meters), Zwölferkogel (2099 meters) and Einserkogel (1945 meters). As he had not contacted his parents and friends on Sunday, the parents called the police, who began a large-scale search operation involving mountain rescuers, dogs, a helicopter and drones, Krone Zeitung reports.
When they realized that he had signed in the visitor’s book at the top of the Föhrengrabeneck mountain, they judged that he had most likely changed his plan. They have expanded the already large search area. Meanwhile, friends of the missing man were asking other hikers online and by phone if they had seen Michael on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. One of the hikers mentioned that he heard screams around the Föhrengrabeneck mountain on Sunday. A helicopter flew over the area again on Sunday afternoon but found no sign of Michael. The search continued this morning. A little before noon, the sad news followed. The missing person was found dead under the rocks, about 100 meters from the top of the Föhrengrabeneck mountain, probably fell shortly after the entry in the book.