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Autopsy shows British tourist was drunk

A post mortem on the body of British tourist who went missing from the Swiss ski resort of Wengen has shown that he had been drinking heavily before he died.

This content was published on December 30, 2009 - 19:20

The body of the 23-year-old man, identified in media reports as Myles Robinson of London, was found on Monday at the foot of a 100-metre cliff halfway between the villages of Wengen and Lauterbrunnen.

Tests showed he was heavily under the influence of alcohol at the time of his death, with a blood alcohol content rating of 0.2mg/ml, according to a Bern cantonal police statement issued on Wednesday. Initial tests for drugs came back negative.

He is believed to have slipped and fallen over the cliff while trying to negotiate a steep path.

Robinson was staying in Wengen with his parents and sister and reported missing on December 22. He had failed to return after accompanying a friend to her hotel in the early hours.

An inquiry into the death continues but police do not expect to find a “definitive answer” to why had been walking on the path at the time.

Sniffer dogs and helicopters with infrared cameras had been called in to help with the search, but his body was eventually found by friends of the family.

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