A man’s body has been found in the French Alps close to where a Welsh soldier went missing while on holiday in February, French police have said.
Corporal Simon Daw, 26, from the Pontprennau area of Cardiff, was on leave from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh when he disappeared in the popular ski resort of Les Deux Alpes.
Cpl Daw was a keen snowboarder and had been on holiday with two friends in a rented flat in the village of Vensoc.
He was reported missing after last being seen in a bar just after midnight on Wednesday, February 13.
The soldier’s friends raised the alarm when he failed to return to where they were staying.
On Friday French police said the body, which is yet to be formally identified, was found by mushroom pickers in the countryside just outside the resort on Thursday evening.
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.
A Gendarmerie spokesman said an autopsy will be carried out to try to confirm the identity as well as the cause of death.
He added: “The body was dressed in clothes that match the description of those worn by the soldier when he went missing.”
Les Deux Alpes is the second-oldest ski resort in France, behind Chamonix, and is about 45 miles south-east of Grenoble.
The picturesque resort, which attracts around 35,000 tourists, is named after the two villages of Vénosc and Mont-de-Lans, which it encompasses.
The resort has become particularly popular for downhill and freeride mountain biking, and is one of the few remaining resorts where you can ski in the summer.
According to French media, several holidaymakers went missing during the winter season.
Two bodies have also been found in the Ecrins National Park since the season’s snow began to melt.