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Ben Nevis Missing Climbers: Two Bodies Found Confirmed To Be Rachel Slater And Tim Newton

Rachel Slater and Tim Newton went missing last month.

24/03/2016 10:47 GMT | Updated 24/03/2016 17:19 GMT

Two bodies found on Ben Nevis are those of a couple who disappeared on the peak last month, it has been confirmed.

Rachel Slater, 24, and Tim Newton, 27, from Bradford, set out on Britain's highest mountain in February. 

The bodies were found on Thursday in separate locations in Observatory Gully and there were signs of an avalanche in the area.

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Tthe rescue team conducting the search said it expected the bodies to be those of the missing couple before they were formally identified.

Rachel and Tim were reported missing on the 15 February. Both were experienced climbers.

Some rescue attempts were hampered by bad weather and the risk of avalanches.

It had been believed they had been camping in a green tent behind a memorial hut on the north side of Ben Nevis.

Tributes for the pair poured in on Facebook.

Adam Guild said: "Well done for finding them. It's not been the easiest of searches in the weather up there but full respect to each and every person involved. If it wasn't for heroes like your team and so many others there would be more people lost in the mountains. Sad times for their families. Rip."

Brian Rankin said: "Not nice to have to deal with this, but the families can have closure now allowing them to start restructuring their lives. Well done to all of those involved in this search."

Before the bodies' formal identification, Police Scotland said in a statement: "Following a report from a member of the public, the bodies of a man and a woman have been recovered in the Ben Nevis area this evening.

"Formal identification is taking place and the families of missing climbers Rachel Slater and Tim Newton have been informed."