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Old 25.06.2011, 20:57
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There's also a picture of the coat he is believed to have been wearing (I can't work out how to copy it in here, maybe one of you bright sparks can do it?)
Here it is. Hope he's OK .
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Old 25.06.2011, 22:53
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my Uncle is on a walking holiday in Wengen. He was last seen on tuesday (14 June) morning at breakfast in his hotel, he is believed to have gone walking low down in Wengen.




If anybody has seen him, or is going to Wengen, or knows anyone going to Wengen please keep your eye's open and let me know any information




follow this link for a photo of him




Also the local swiss paper

http://www.jungfrauzeitung.ch/artikel/112174/
What is wrong ? The article above on 17th was the last one ! Nothing in the press, and nothing even on the WEBsite of the Bernese Cantonal Police ! ?!?! Had he died, it would have been mentioned in the press. Nobody survives 10 days in the alps. Has he been found ? Has he simply returned back home ? If not, what is the comment of the police ? Please update

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Old 25.06.2011, 23:02
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What is wrong ? The article above on 17th was the last one ! Had he died, it would have been mentioned in the press. Nobody survives 10 days in the alps. Has he been found ? Has he simply returned back home ? If not, what is the comment of the police ? Please update
From today.

Mystery deepens over missing Cowersley man Geoff Bottomley
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Old 25.06.2011, 23:23
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But calls to it by friends indicate it is switched off or the battery has stopped working.

Read More http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/local...#ixzz1QJyxTEJ6
This bit of the article is not sounding good
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Old 26.06.2011, 11:03
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Re: Missing man in Wengen


The only thing in the Swiss media I found is or rather WAS

http://www.beo-news.ch/abns2011/juni...vermisst17.htm

and absolutely NOTHING between 14th and now under

http://www.police.be.ch/police/de/in...hiv.page1.html

the News-WEBsite of the Bernese Cantonal Police. And THIS means that it for whatever reasons was NOT reported to the police. Something I find extremely strange.

Add to this the location of Wengen



at 1274 meters above sea-level. Which makes it obvious that nobody can survive two weeks outside and unprotected. Had he been in accident, and taken care of by somebody, I would have accepted a non-advice for upto 48 hours, but not for two weeks.

Nothing to be found in either Bund or BernerZeitung

The only alternative is that police is blocking the news for some reasons
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Old 26.06.2011, 11:32
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Wish he will appear soon being well, all the best and definitely any EFers who are around the area can try to help as possible.

On another note, what is it with Wengen and the disappearances, i think there have been 4 to 5 incident past year?
Wolli, the reason might be this. My 2 cents.
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It's a very popular spot for visitors from overseas, some of whom may not be used to the rugged terrain. As I understand it, there are a number of steep ravines in the area, which can be dangerous for those of us from less bumpy parts of the planet.

If Interlaken was less flat and more rugged, you'd hear more about disappearances there, I'm sure.

I'm sure there's nothing sinister about it.
Maybe you are right, let's hope everything will be O.K.
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Old 26.06.2011, 13:07
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Wolli, the reason might be this. My 2 cents.
Logically thinking, if this is the reason, then i guess the canton / government is better study a solution and implement it as soon as possible rather than blocking news (if this is the case), it's not anymore a single incident, it seems to be a recurring problem and a root solution should be found to avoid more incidents like that.
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Old 26.06.2011, 16:44
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Re: Missing man in Wengen

Exactly the same happened to my Swiss Uncle in Ticino.
He was 70 plus and very fit.
He went for one of his walks in the mountains and his body has never been found to this day.
We suspect that he slipped or had a heart attack (discovered that he was on medication for high blood pressure).
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Re: Missing man in Wengen

John, I'm sorry about what you and your family are going through right now.

Does anybody think it could be of some use for the OP to get in touch with Redog? I'd most surprised if no search-and-rescue team was sent to look for Mr Bottomley.

The police may have advised the search teams not to disclose any information to the newspapers but the OP, John, is a close relative and in fact it may help them to get in touch with him or other people who know Mr Bottomley well, because he may be able to give them personal information about his uncle that can help with the actual search.
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Old 26.06.2011, 23:01
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Exactly the same happened to my Swiss Uncle in Ticino.
He was 70 plus and very fit.
He went for one of his walks in the mountains and his body has never been found to this day.
We suspect that he slipped or had a heart attack (discovered that he was on medication for high blood pressure).
Sorry to hear this, but A) the mountains still today are dangerous and B) I am fairly sure that the Ticino Cantonal police had the matter on their WEBsite records

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Logically thinking, if this is the reason, then i guess the canton / government is better study a solution and implement it as soon as possible rather than blocking news (if this is the case), it's not anymore a single incident, it seems to be a recurring problem and a root solution should be found to avoid more incidents like that.
I do not know more than you do. But the Bernese Cantonal Police, exactly like the one in Zürich, has every single occurrence on their WEBsite. Which means that A) it was not reported to the police (blackmail/kidnap-action ? ) or else police is blocking the news (blackmail/kidnap-action ?) . Whatever, it is the Cantonal government of Bern which is in charge. As police affairs are CANTONAL matters and not of the Union. I admit that I for the Berner folks possibly am a bit too much of a Zürcher, who according to our Bernese RUSH things unnecessarily
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Old 27.06.2011, 23:50
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Nothing to be found in either Bund or BernerZeitung

The only alternative is that police is blocking the news for some reasons
Or simply that the papers did not consider it news worthy... it happens.

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John and BelgianMum, have you got any up-date? I've scoured the web, but no mention at all since the initial announcement. Very bizarre.
Hoping for the best still.
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Old 28.06.2011, 00:10
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Or simply that the papers did not consider it news worthy... it happens.

Jim
Sorry but I clearly referred to the Cantonal Police, who records whatever is reported to them. In most Cantons, at least in the German speaking parts of CH, the police-records are the basis of media reports. And so, that the Bernese Cantonal Police did not establish a record about the matter means that either nothing was reported or else that the matter is blocked for one reason or the other, a highly unusual thing in Switzerland

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John and BelgianMum, have you got any up-date? I've scoured the web, but no mention at all since the initial announcement. Very bizarre.
Hoping for the best still.
But rather fearing for the worst ! Bizarre the matter IS .


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And so, THE question to the OP, WHAT IS THE COMMENT OF POLICE ?????????????????????????????????

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The terrible weather last night made me think of this poor chap. Have there been any updates at all?

If he is still outside somewhere, then...
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I'm also in Wengen, so I can offer a bit of terrain insight. The reason for the disappearances, of which there have been three in the past five years, tends to be because while the village has a surreal, resort, safe feel about it, the fact of the matter is that it's built half way up a mountain, albeit on a nice shelf. I never leave the hiking trails, but I know that it's a popular thing to do. I mean no disrespect to the missing person in this, it's simply that people leave the trails, some are lucky and wander into a pasture, some aren't and end up stuck or worse. Still, the weather has been survivable these past two weeks, and with a coat, I think we still have hope. There's still a chance that he'll end up being found in a goat shed or likewise, as they're common here, and we've seen a few lost people end up in them when they can't get back home.

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Agreed, and well done for helping with the search at the week-end.
However, why has there been nothing at all on TV and the Press?
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I'm unsure about that myself, though we may just have to wait to get an explanation. Can the police block press for reasons other than abduction/kidnapping? I would imagine that to those who don't understand the dangers that come naturally with being in the mountains, two disappearances so close together would be a bad thing for the local economy. Is it possible that the Geminde could have requested the blocking, or the family maybe? I know that while I'd like to have a good search in place, I wouldn't want the media using the story to boost the bizarre factor if I was in the position of the man's family.
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Hi all
Firstly thanks to everyone for your support, my family and I have been watching this forum religiously, all your comments have been a huge support and are helping our family through this.

Just an update, we have been in contact with the swiss police, as well as the british police since day one and they are being a huge help. The Wengen rescue helicopters were used early on in the search. We have tryed to use the british national press.
We now think that maby the jacket, we thought geoffrey was wearing, he may not of had with him.
I have read about a search this weekend for geoffrey, if anybody could tell me more about this, I would be very gratefull
Thanks again to everyone
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Re: Missing man in Wengen

I am very sorry about what you and your family are going through, John

I am in that area (from Grindelwald to Lauterbrunnen, and Isenfluh to Stechelberg) very often, as my hobby requires... I have seen the flyer posted everywhere last weekend and have kept an eye out (and so did all of my hobby buddies) on every hike to the exits on both sides of the Valley (as we are walking the unbeaten/unmarked trails quite often)... so far, nothing

I will be back in the Valley this whole weekend and will do the same.
I hope and wish for the best... don't lose hope till you have all the Facts!
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