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Body of missing hiker found in Ecuador

    The body of a German Jewish backpacker has been found in a river in Ecuador more than a week after he went missing while on a hike.

    Friends and family of Jonathan Simon, from Munich, launched an internet campaign to help with the search. More than 4,300 people joined a Facebook group, while alerts were posted on travel forums such as Trip Advisor.

    The 21-year-old was travelling with a friend when he disappeared along the trail of Ecuador's Pastaza River on August 6.

    The pair had split up and arranged to meet later at a specific spot, but Mr Simon never arrived.

    It is thought he fell off a footbridge while attempting to cross the river.

    Israeli rescue workers flew to Ecuador to help with search efforts.

    On Saturday evening, a spokesman for the family wrote on the Facebook group: "Unfortunately we have to announce that Jonathan´s dead body was found tonight.

    "Jonny would be astonished to see how many people - family, friends and many strangers - have come together and put their personal matters aside for this cause.

    "You have been in the minds of thousands the last week and you will never be forgotten."

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