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Skeletal remains of solo hiker found in central Taiwan after 7 months

Missing hiker sent out last message on Oct. 3

(Taichung City Fire Bureau photo)

(Taichung City Fire Bureau photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The skeletal remains of a man who embarked on a solo hiking trip up Daxueshan (大雪山) in central Taiwan last September were found in April, the Taichung City Fire Bureau told CNA on Wednesday (May 18).

The hiker, surnamed Lo (羅), set out to climb Daxueshan in Shei-Pa National Park via Daxueshan 230 Forest Road. He last sent out a message on Oct. 3, saying that his planned destination would be Wuling Farm. He was not heard from again.

Lo’s family posted on social media asking hikers to help find him, but no one reported seeing him.

CNA cited the fire bureau as saying that it received a report from a mountain patrol from the Dongshih Forest District Office on April 26 that they had found a man's skeletal remains on Mountain Fuwan West Peak. The bureau dispatched eight workers to the mountain.

The workers moved the body to a location suitable for airlifting. After the remains were airlifted, police confirmed that they belonged to Lo, who had been missing for seven months.

The firefighters said Lo's remains were not found on a regular hiking trail. Lo was called “Detergent Brother” (洗衣粉哥) by others in a mountaineering club on Facebook because he reportedly wore leather shoes and suit pants and carried detergent and rice with him every time he went mountain climbing.