Missing hillwalker is found dead

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THE search for a walker missing for four days in one of the most remote parts of the Highlands ended in tragedy yesterday with the discovery of a body.

A search of the Knoydart area, near Fort William, involving mountain rescue teams and an RAF search helicopter found the remains of 40-year-old Martin Whiteside.

His body was discovered near the Coire Glas area of the mountain Luinne Bheinn, an area popular with hillwalkers.

The extensive search involved members of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, an RAF mountaineering team from Kinloss, search and rescue dogs and a helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth.

Whiteside, from Invergarry, near Fort William, was last seen as he parked his car at Kinlochhourn on Wednesday morning. While poorly equipped hillwalkers are often criticised for taking to the hills with little experience, Whiteside was regarded as being prepared for the local conditions.

A search was launched early on Friday morning after he failed to return and was resumed yesterday at first light.

A spokesman for Northern Constabulary said a post mortem examination would take place tomorrow.