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Mont Blanc climber's frozen body found after 32 years

Patrice Hyvert disappeared in 1982 during a solo climb of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps.
By Kate Stanton   |   July 9, 2014 at 10:11 PM   |   Comments

PARIS, July 9 (UPI) -- Climbers have discovered the frozen body of Patrice Hyvert, a 23-year-old French mountain guide-in-training, who disappeared during a solo climb of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, in March 1982.

Hyvert, whose body was found Thursday on the Talèfre glacier, was scaling the 13,500-foot Aiguille Verte peak when he likely hit inclement weather and fell to his death.

He still had his identification, equipment and skis with him.

Hyvert's father, Gerard, is now 82. He told The Guardian that the recovery of his son's body was like a "second death."

"Mountains were his passion. I thought I would be dead before they found him," Gerard said.

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