Skilled hiker Alistair Thomson is discovered lifeless on a mountain after disappearing greater than per week in the past and sparking pressing search

A Victorian man who went lacking on the Larapinta Path within the Northern Territory greater than per week in the past has been discovered lifeless. 

Alistair Thomson, 64, set off alone on the path on Might 13 and final contacted household through textual content message on Might 21. 

The skilled hiker instructed his household that he deliberate to reach at Hugh Gorge by Might 22, however made no additional contact and did not verify into his resort.

Police started a search operation on Wednesday, honing in on ‘Part 6’ of the path and an space to its south. 

They deployed an Australian Defence Drive plane, a helicopter and motorbikes to help volunteers who scoured the world on foot.

Alistair Thomson, 64, set off alone on the path on Might 13 and final contacted household through textual content message on Might 21

They confirmed that Mr Thomson’s physique had been positioned close to a water gap in Hugh Gorge on Sunday evening, however didn’t present particulars of the circumstances surrounding his dying.

Appearing Superintendent Michael Budge described the end result as ‘extraordinarily horrible’. 

He stated police discovered him about 90 kilometres west of Alice Springs on the Larapinta Path by flying a drone over the world.

Mr Budge stated police had turned their consideration to retrieving Mr Thomson’s physique physique and returning him to his household. 

The Thomson household stated they had been ‘devastated by the loss’. 

‘We need to give our heartfelt due to the Northern Territory police and emergency companies, Australian Defence Drive members and all volunteers and neighborhood members that tirelessly assisted with the search, and which have supported us over these attempting few days,’ the household stated in an announcement.

‘We shall be endlessly grateful for his or her help in serving to us convey Alistair house.’ 

The rugged Larapinta Trail in the West MacDonnell Ranges attracts thousands of hikers each year who take on some or all of the trail

The rugged Larapinta Path within the West MacDonnell Ranges attracts hundreds of hikers annually who tackle some or the entire path

Mr Thomson had served as a councillor on Strathbogie Shire Council in regional Victoria from 2016 to 2020.

The council’s administrator, Peter Stephenson, prolonged heartfelt condolences to Mr Thompson’s household and mates.

‘His information, expertise and dedication have made a big and lasting influence on the Strathbogie neighborhood,’ he instructed ABC Information.   

The rugged Larapinta Path within the West MacDonnell Ranges attracts hundreds of hikers annually who tackle some or the entire path. 

A report shall be ready for the coroner.

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