THE partner of a man whose body was discovered in the Highlands weeks after he went missing on a solo hike has thanked the rescue teams involved for their ‘huge’ effort in finding him.
Charlie Kelly was a keen hiker who headed out on a walk in Glen Etive on September 6. The alarm was raised when he failed to make contact or return later that day.
Numerous searches were mounted in challenging weather conditions by 10 mountain rescue teams using helicopters, drones and dogs close to where his backpack and some orange peel were discovered.
News of the discovery of a man’s remains by members of the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team was met with a mixture of sadness and gratitude by Mr Kelly’s partner Emer Kennedy.
“Unfortunately this isn’t the outcome we had hoped for,” she said.
“Thank you to Glencoe Mountain rescue Team and all the other mountain rescue teams, search and rescue dog team, helicopter teams and Police Scotland Highlands and Islands for the huge amount of personal and professional time and effort they put into finding Charlie and bringing him home.
“And for all the family, friends and colleagues who shared posts, messages and kind wishes.”
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