The body of Mumbai trekker Richard Joseph Khear, who fell into a gorge in Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh over a week ago, was brought to Udaipur by an army chopper on Monday morning.
The chopper airlifted Richard's body from the base camp, which was set close to the site of the accident. The army personnel's from Jammu and Kashmir retrieved the body from a ridge close to the Castle Peak, where it was lying for the past nine days. The body has been handed over to Richard's parents Judith (mother) and Brij Khear (father).
"We successful retrieved Richard's body from Miyar Valley Mountain in Lahaul-Spiti and the mortal remains were handed over to his parents at Udaipur sub-division by the army team in the presence of Udaipur SDM," said Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, army's public relation officer for Northern Command. "Richard's parents expressed their solemn gratitude to the army for having retrieved their son's body," he added.
A team of doctors at a community health centre in Udaipur conducted the autopsy, the report of which confirmed that Richard, after falling from the cliff, died of brain haemorrhage and multiple injuries. The autopsy report confirmed that Richard had died a week back.
Richard had arrived in Manali from Mumbai on August 5 and left for Udaipur. He was accompanied by his NRI friend Sunny. They started their expedition on August 17. The mishap occurred on the Miyar-Jaskal track, which is famous with both domestic and foreign trekkers. The site where Richard fell is nearly 30 km ahead of Khanjar, the last inhabited village in the Miyar valley of the tribal district.