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Chilean police find dead body of missing Irish tourist
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2008-01-07 14:12
The dead body of an Irish tourist who went missing last November has been found in a national park in southern Chile, police said Sunday.

Ronan Lawlor, 28, was found dead in a hard-to-reach area in the Torres del Paine National Park, Leopoldo Bascunan, deputy head of the homicide squad in Punta Arenas, the capital of the southern region of Magallanes, told Chilean radio.

"Unfortunately, this Irish citizen strayed from the routes marked by forestry authorities for tourists," Bascunan said.

On Nov. 18, Lawlor was seen catching a bus bound for the Chilean park from Calafete, a town on the Argentine side of the Chile-Argentina border.

Chile's National Forestry Corporation and police from the area began to search for him as soon as he was reported missing.

At the end of December, Lawlor's relatives came to Chile to help the search, with support from the Irish consulate.

The body would be sent to Punta Arenas where forensic experts were expected to examine it to determine the cause of death, police said.

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