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Missing researcher found dead in Buryatia mountains

world Updated: Jan 23, 2010 14:59 IST

The missing researcher from Novosibirsk who had disappeared in the Eastern Sayan mountains in Buryatia was found dead, officials said.

The body was found yesterday near the foot of the Ivannikov mountain pass, where he had headed, according to his message found on the route. The cause of his death has yet to be established, the press service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry's department in Buryatia told Itar-Tass.

Twenty-seven-year-old scientist Alexander Ryabykin, a researcher working at the Novosibirsk Geologo-Mineralogical Institute, left on January 3 for the route from the village of Tagarkhai to the Barun Khandagai area, the winter station "Circus under Dome" and Peak Dinosaur in Buryatia's Tunkinsky district.

He did not return on January 11 when he was expected to come from the route. His institute colleagues informed rescuers about the incident only on January 14 in the morning, and the search began from the time. The traveler was not registered in the Buryatian rescue service.

According to the updated information, Ryabykin arrived as a tourist in the Eastern Sayans, but he had worked there before as a geologist exploring for Tunkinsky minerals. The tourist was completely equipped and ready for cold weather when he left for the route.