Body found in search for missing Team GB fell runner

Chris Smith, 43, disappeared on Tuesday afternoon
Chris Smith, 43, disappeared on Tuesday afternoon (PA Media)
16:44pm, Thu 29 Oct 2020
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A body has been found in the search for a missing fell runner who was part of Team GB.

Chris Smith set off on a run from Invervar near Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross, at around 3pm on Tuesday.

The 43-year-old was aiming to tackle a route including four Munros – Meall nan Aighean, Carn Mairg, Meall Garbh and Carn Gorm – before returning at 5pm.

His family, including wife Lindsay and two children, became concerned when he did not return and called emergency services.

A search and rescue operation to find Mr Smith – originally from Aberdeenshire but now from Haywards Heath, West Sussex – began involving mountain rescue teams, Police Scotland and the Coastguard.

Chris Smith (PA Media)

Police Scotland said the body of a man had been found near Meall Garbh at around 11.50am on Thursday.

A statement said: “Formal identification has yet to take place, however the family of missing 43-year-old Chris Smith has been informed.

“Inquiries remain ongoing and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal in due course.”

Ruth McKee, Mr Smith’s cousin, previously told the PA news agency the family wanted to “thank the amazing search and rescue teams that have worked tirelessly” during the search.

A GoFundMe page was also set up to support the work of Scottish Mountain Rescue in the search for Mr Smith, with more than £4,000 raised so far.

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