The corpse of a Canadian man was discovered by his mother and a friend more than three weeks after the 32-year-old school teacher's disappearance while hiking in the Bavarian Alps, his family said on Sunday.
The body of Jeff Freiheit, 32, was in a forested area near the Brauneck mountain south of Munich on Saturday, his family told CBC. Freedom's sister Amanda Devigne said her mother and a friend who flew to Germany to look for the teacher discovered the body. Freedom's wife also confirmed the news on her Facebook page.
"It is with overwhelming sadness and sadness that I share with you that Jeff was found and is no longer with us, through a broken heart I found peace because I knew he did not have to suffer She is grateful for the support during this sad and difficult time, "she wrote on Facebook on Sunday.
A backpack with his passport was also found. The police believe that the man fell between 197 and 328 feet while walking and said that there is no evidence of a foul.
Freedom, from Manitoba, Canada, disappeared on August 2, just three days after he had made his months-long journey through Munich to Venice. The avid Wanderer last spoke to his wife on FaceTime on August 1 and was active on Instagram the next day until he reached the top of the mountain, Global News reported.
"Day three, it was a good morning so far … just to give you an idea of what the next three hours mean, this is where it starts," Freedom wrote on Instagram hours before his communication was interrupted.
Freedom's friend Chris Kennedy told Global News earlier that freedom had planned his journey for months.
"He trained for it before he left, making 30 miles [18 miles] day hikes," Kennedy said. Nobody worried because we knew he could do that. "
" He had a strict itinerary, so it's a big worry because he had planned the whole month There is no reasonable reason why he would abandon this plan, "he added.