Tragic end to family’s search
A four year search for a missing Tenerife triathlete appears to have ended in tragedy afer a mummified corpse was found on Mount Teide.
At the time of going to press, it was almost certain that it was the body of Victor Teni who was 40 years of age when he disappeared without a trace on the afternoon/night of January 1st, 2014.
His family and friends had searched in vain for him and had vowed never to give up. If he had died, it was thought his body would never be found because of the remoteness of the area. At one stage, 350 people had been involved in the search on Mount Teide.
Last Friday, however, a hunter found the body in an area of difficult access near the Pico de las Cabras at an altitude of around 3,000 metres.
The body, in sports clothes and conserved by the low temperatures, was in an area near the base of Teide. It is believed he probably fell, having been swept away by snow or ice as some of his possessions, including his mobile phone, were found further down the slope
The body has since been retrieved by the police and Mountain Rescue and Inter-vention Group. Even though the hunter knew the area well, it still took the rescue services two hours to find the right spot again. The body could not be seen from the path as it was hidden behind a stone.