Body of missing German tourist is found

THE BODY of 69-year-old German tourist Karl Kleine Brockhoff, who went missing in Alcoutim four months ago, has been found.

His body was found by the GNR on Sunday afternoon after they had been alerted by a local hunter who found a hat and decaying fatty deposits on the ground around three kilometres from Alcoutim.

A GNR spokesman said that Karl Brockhoff’s body had been moved by recent heavy rainfall into a ravine called Vale de Condes, where his body was found already in advanced stages of decomposition.

José Galrito, the man responsible for the hunting area where the body was found, said: “No one usually comes to this area unless they are lost.”

Initial identification of the body was possible as Karl Brockhoff’s wallet, containing some money and documents was found in his clothes.

An autopsy will be carried out to determine the cause of death and although there are no official suspicions that any crime has been committed, the Polícia Judiciária are currently investigating the case.

At the time of his disappearance, Karl Brockhoff was on holiday in the area of Balurcos near Alcoutim with his wife and another couple. On June 9, after deciding to walk alone and meet the group later, he disappeared.

Searches involving sniffer dogs from the GNR, ships from the Maritime Police who searched the Guadiana River, firemen, and two helicopters from the Protecção Civil and Spanish Guarda Civil proved fruitless.

A source told The Resident in July that Mr Brockhoff may have disappeared of his own free will as all the couple’s money disappeared on the same day from the villa where they were spending their holiday with friends.

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