An Australian tourist who was missing for three days in mountains in Kazakhstan has been found dead, authorities in the central Asian country said on Tuesday.
Police said they had found the body of Melbourne lawyer Jake Michael Herd, born in 1995, near Big Almaty Lake in the Tian Shan mountains at an altitude of about 2,500m.
Rescuers said he showed no signs of a violent death and that he had been found with all personal belongings. The rescue operation was carried out in wind, rain and snow.
The state news agency Kazinform reported that the man had arrived in Almaty on holiday and was due to leave on Monday, citing an acquaintance.
Herd was a lawyer, based in Melbourne. He worked as an associate for supreme court Justice Lisa Nichols.
“The Supreme Court was deeply saddened to learn this morning of the death of Jake Herd,” a supreme court spokesperson said.
“He was a highly valued member of the Supreme Court community working as a Judge’s Associate since May 2022.
“Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. Counselling services are being made available for those at the Court who knew and worked with Jake.”