Body found on Table Mountain after 3-day search for missing runner

Body found on Table Mountain after 3-day search for missing runner

- A body has been found on Table Mountain, according to Wilderness Search and Rescue

- The body matches the description of a runner who disappeared on Monday and it seems that the tragic mystery has been solved

- Ken Stephen went missing on Monday at around 2:30pm after saying he was going for a run up the mountain

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A body has been found on Table Mountain; search and rescue officials have confirmed this following a three-day search for a missing trail runner.

Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) spokesperson Johan Marais on Wednesday afternoon confirmed that a body was spotted below the Africa Face on Table Mountain.

The clothing worn fits the description of what the missing person was last seen wearing, Marais said. According to police, this had been pink shorts, a dark jacket and black running shoes, said News24.

On Monday, the search for 36-year-old Ken Stephen, a trail runner who went missing on Table Mountain, began.

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Marais said:

"We can now confirm that the body of the person we have been searching for since 6 July, 2020 has been found. The wallet, car keys and the clothing confirmed his identity.
"The body will later have to be identified by the family. The location where he was found indicates that he may have fallen from a high location."

WSAR acknowledged the assistance of Working on Fire, volunteers from the trail running fraternity and other volunteers who were meaningfully employed in the search, as well as their own volunteers.

Helicopter search and rescue

Helicopter search and rescue
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According to a family spokesperson at the search operation base, they had been informed that a body had been found. They were, however, waiting for official confirmation on the identity.

Ken had gone missing on Monday after going for a run on Table Mountain at around 2:30 pm.

Since Monday, chopper and ground searches were undertaken and yesterday approximately 500 volunteers joined Search and Rescue to assist in the hunt, said SA People News.

Childhood friend Keith Counihan said earlier he was "shocked" at his friend's disappearance, but expressed relief at the "massive" turnout, adding that they were "not alone" and hoping to find some results soon.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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