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Home / Latest News / Body found in French Alps is that of missing Welsh soldier Simon Daw

Body found in French Alps is that of missing Welsh soldier Simon Daw

A body found close to a French Alps ski resort last week is that of a missing Cardiff soldier, police have said.

Corporal Simon Daw, from Pontprennau, was on leave from the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh when he went missing in Les Deux Alpes.

The 26-year-old was reported missing after last being seen in a bar just after midnight on Wednesday, February 13.

The body was found by mushroom pickers in the countryside just outside the resort last Thursday evening.

According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), a spokesman for the local police today said that an autopsy on Saturday identified the body as that of Cpl Daw.

Following Cpl Daw’s disappearance, police and mountain rescue teams spent days searching the hillsides with the help of a police helicopter but found no trace of him.

At the time, police described his disappearance as “a mystery”.

The soldier’s family offered a 10,000 Euro (£8,600) reward for help to trace him and distributed leaflets and posters in the area.

Cpl Daw, a former Corpus Christi Roman Catholic High School pupil, completed at least two tours in Afghanistan.

His body will  be handed over to the family early next week, the spokesman said.

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