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Gary Tweddle: Body Could Be Missing Briton
A body has reportedly been sighted in a rural area of Australia, six weeks after British man Gary Tweddle went missing.
Police were alerted by the crew of an air ambulance which was on a training exercise in the Blue Mountains, near Sydney.
Blue Mountains police inspector Mick Bostock told the Sydney Morning Herald that police rescue officers would not be able to retrieve the body until dawn on Tuesday.
''It's too dangerous, they are going to have to wait to retrieve the body tomorrow,'' Inspector Bostock said.
''It's very likely it is Gary but we will have to wait and see,'' he said.
''The area can only be reached by abseiling down the rock face," The body appeared to be clothed, he added.
Computer salesman Mr Tweddle went missing from a work conference in the town of Leura in mid-July.
Mr Tweddle, who was born in the UK but had moved to Sydney, had called colleagues at about midnight to tell them he was lost in bushland but could see a light up a hill.
Ten days after the 23-year-old disappeared, the search for him was scaled back to a recovery operation.
"Over the past ten days more than 1,000 people have searched, co-ordinated and supported the efforts to locate and return Gary safely," Mr Tweddle's father David said in his Facebook post on July 25.
"Most of these people are volunteers with lives and jobs, yet they did ten days on the bounce.
"A massive thank you to them, their families and their employers. What can I say? Amazing," he wrote.
Just last week Mr Tweddle's partner Anika Haigh said that a report had been filed to the coroner in which investigators listed his disappearance as an accidental death.
"The disappearance of the most beautiful, loving, kind and caring man has left me, family, friends, colleagues and the community utterly devastated," she wrote on the Facebook page titled, 'Have you seen Gary Tweddle?'.
"Our hearts ache for the partner, son, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle, friend and colleague that we no longer have in our everyday lives."
Mr Tweddle's mother Carol Streatfield, who also lives in Australia, had gone to the Blue Mountains to join the search.
In a statement issued last month by the Foreign Office she said: "On the mountain my days were filled with sirens, noise, searching, tireless walking and door knocking. I repeatedly followed the track I believed he had taken in the hopes of finding a clue.
"Every pole and tree were covered with his beautiful face, however, it was on a piece of A4 paper with a 'missing' heading.
"At one point I was so exhausted I found a bench to sit on in the middle of a bush track... I sat down and there to left of me was Gary's photo.
"It was a small comfort as I stroked his face, kissed him and told him how much I loved him and that I will never give up trying to find him, ever."
Ms Streatfield married her partner Clive earlier this month in what she described as an "intimate celebration of our family unity".
She said: "Gary was to give me away that morning and this decision was difficult to come to, however made easy by the fact that Gary was adamant that after 15 years we tie the knot.
"Gary was the most positive person I know, today he would say to me, 'Just get on with it, mother', and so I will."