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Mummified bodies found on Mexican peak thought to be climbers who disappeared 55 years ago

Mummified bodies found on Mexican peak thought to be climbers who disappeared 55 years ago

TWO mummified bodies found in an embrace on Mexico’s highest mountain are thought to be a pair of climbers who vanished in 1959.

An expedition has been launched to recover the bodies after climbers found a frozen head sticking out of the glacier near the summit earlier in the week.

The discovery raised hopes that the two bodies could finally end a 55-year-old mystery.

Veteran climber Luis Espinoza Ruiz, who is in his 70s, told AFP that he believes the bodies belong to two of three friends who were buried under an avalanche during a climb in November, 1959.

He said he had searched for his comrades for 20 years.

"I have hope. I'm almost certain that it's them," Mr Espinoza said, noting that one of his friends had a red sweater.

Rescuers say it is possible that they could find a third body, as they only dug half a meter to the right and left of the first body.

The recovery effort will likely resume on Monday, depending on weather conditions, said Juan Navarro, mayor of the town of Chalchicomula de Sesma.