Chile authorities scour mountains for lacking British astronomer By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Persons are seen earlier than of the photo voltaic eclipse in La Silla European Southern Observatory (ESO) at Coquimb, Chile July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido/File Picture


By Natalia A. Ramos Miranda

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile authorities on Wednesday have been scouring an arid mountainous area of the nation in a seek for British astronomer Thomas Marsh who disappeared greater than 10 days in the past from an observatory in northern Chile the place he was on a analysis go to.

The native prosecutor’s workplace, police, emergency providers and the army are trying to find the 60-year-old College of Warwick researcher across the La Silla observatory, situated in a mountainous space some 600 kilometers (373 miles) north of the Chilean capital Santiago. Marsh went lacking on Sept. 16.

The search, supported by drones, aerial surveillance techniques and floor groups with canines to cowl an space of greater than 2,000 hectares (4,942 acres), has up to now failed to seek out the astronomer, although native authorities held out hope that he may very well be discovered alive.

“There aren’t any indications that he’s lifeless,” the press workplace of the prosecutor’s workplace within the Coquimbo area, the place the ability run by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is situated, informed Reuters on Wednesday.

Police reported that Marsh’s keys have been discovered on the best way from the residences to the telescopes, and that his room, with all his belongings, was untouched. Marsh traveled to the observatory with a doctoral scholar from Warwick.

Native press stated the coed offered a press release to investigators however the prosecutor’s workplace declined to verify or deny that.

Final week in a press release reporting the disappearance and giving the astronomer’s bodily traits, ESO requested that any data be handed on to the police in Chile or the UK.

The group has not acquired any new data since.

The scientist’s household, who’ve requested for assist by social media to seek out him, are anticipated to reach in Chile within the subsequent few hours, in line with native press reviews.

The La Silla observatory is situated on the southern fringe of the Atacama Desert, about 2,400 meters (7,874 toes) above sea stage. Northern Chile is a world hub for astronomical remark because of the high quality of its skies.

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