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Body of missing British backpacker found in Vietnam

Published 09/06/2016

Aiden Webb, 22, from Norwich, was found dead in Vietnam
Aiden Webb, 22, from Norwich, was found dead in Vietnam

The body of a British backpacker has been found in northern Vietnam.

Aiden Webb, 22, from Norwich, was last seen nearly a week ago after he set off on his own to climb the Fanispan - Vietnam's tallest mountain.

His body was found by rangers in Sin Chai village at 12.50pm local time (0650 BST), according to the head of Hoang Lien National Park, Nguyen Quang Vinh, who told the BBC: "It is very sad that we found the British tourist body today.

"The position is quite near the location that his girlfriend gave us, in Sin Chai village."

The Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "Vietnamese authorities have this morning confirmed they have found a body in the same area that British national Aiden Webb went missing. A formal identification of the body has not yet been conducted.

"Our staff have been supporting Mr Webb's family and friends since he went missing and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time."

Following the news, friends and family paid tribute to the aspiring actor on his Facebook page.

Luke Enenra Muszalik described Mr Webb as "hercules".

He posted: "Such a genuine guy, true friend and legend! One of my biggest inspirations! Love you bro! Gonna miss you big."

Mr Webb had been travelling in Vietnam with his girlfriend, Bluebell Baughan.

Last week his family set up a Facebook page called "Help us find Aiden in Vietnam" after he went missing.

They said he had alerted his girlfriend on Friday, saying he was in trouble, had hurt his knee, torn open his arm and lost his flashlight after falling by a waterfall.

On Tuesday, his father Trever Webb arrived in Vietnam to join the search.

The backpacker had recently been climbing without a rope, a post on his Facebook profile suggested.

"So today, I completed my first official Free Soloing rock climbs," he wrote on May 28. "Never had so much fun and never had my mind so clear and empty.

"Definitely no 'El Capitan', but regardless. This is something I've felt I've needed to do in a long time."

Locals watching his climb called him "both crazy and spiderman", he said, before reassuring his family that he was a safe climber who knew his limits.

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