Latin America & Caribbean

Third frozen body found on Mexico's Pico de Orizaba

In this March 10, 2015 file photo, the Pico de Orizaba volcano rises above the town of Tlachichuca in Mexico's Puebla state. Image copyright AP
Image caption The Pico de Orizaba lies 5,636m above sea level

Mountaineers have discovered the mummified body of a young man on Mexico's highest mountain, the Pico de Orizaba.

A local official said the man appeared to be about 25 years old and had been dead for 15 years.

He had been wearing normal clothing and could have been a passenger on a plane which crashed into the mountain in the 1990s.

It's the third body to have been found on the mountain in as many months.

Two others - found buried elsewhere - were apparently climbers lost in a 1959 avalanche.

It is thought the bodies are re-emerging as glaciers and the ice pack on the mountain retreat.

The latest body has not been identified yet.

He was wearing a white shirt, trousers and a grey sweater. His shoes were not found, which indicates he was not dressed for cold mountain terrain.

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