All we find out about British hiker who vanished within the Swiss Alps

A British hiker has been lacking within the Swiss Alps for greater than a month, as his household proceed the search to seek out him.

Aidan Roche, 29, travelled to Switzerland for a two-week solo vacation in June, the place he deliberate to trace a mountain path within the Grindelwald space. He was final heard from on 22 June, 12 days into his two-week journey and there was no hint of him since.

His brother Connor mentioned of the skilled hiker: “It’s not something he wouldn’t have been able to manage. But sometimes you know, all it takes is a freak occurrence for something to go wrong.”

Aidan Roche has been lacking within the Swiss Alps since June


His household and buddies have arrange a GoFundMe web page to assist assist additional search efforts, as they are saying the Swiss police and mountain rescue service have ceased their efforts having “exhausted every option”.

The marketing campaign has now exceeded its £30,000 purpose, with funds going in direction of producing new leads by elevating consciousness within the space, in addition to using a search helicopter.

Below we have a look at all the pieces we all know in regards to the search to this point.

Who is Aidan Roche?

Aidan Roche is an skilled hiker from Middlesbrough. The 6ft 2in tall 29 12 months previous works as an offshore chemical engineer.

He grew up in Longlands, a central Middlesbrough neighbourhood, and was dwelling in Leeds on the time he went lacking. He had deliberate to maneuver again to Middlesbrough after his journey.

“He’s a character and this solo travel thing is exactly the type of thing he loves,” his brother Connor has mentioned. “He can talk to absolutely everyone and he can just make friends with anyone.”

Aidan’s good friend Beth Taylor says he had a particular tattoo on his arm studying “MAYASWELLMAYSENYA” and cherished to play “blaring” music from a speaker as he walked.

Where was he final seen?

A video taken at 11:36am BST locations Roche a brief distance away from the village of Grindelwald, which sits on the foot of the Eiger mountain. Friends say that is the final footage he despatched to them.

In this video, and two others despatched on the identical day, different hikers will be seen within the background. Ms Taylor posted an enchantment on TikTok, asking anybody with details about these folks to come back ahead – it has been considered 26,000 instances.

She says his household are on the lookout for a girl seen sitting on a rock in a video filmed at 11:05 BST and 5 folks close to a waterfall filmed within the last video.

“I know he would have spoken to the girl sitting near him in the video, and the people walking towards him. We’re just hoping that someone can identify them and give us a new lead.”

The household have additionally launched Aidan’s final textual content messages earlier than he went lacking, despatched to an unnamed good friend, the place the 29-year-old wrote:

“Hello, hello. I should be in Grindelwald in about two hours,” adopted by an image of the view from the path, and his last message: “I’m still pretty high. I’ll see you back at camp.”

What is the most recent on the search?

Mr Roche’s household went to Switzerland on 21 July to try to discover him themselves.

They have been compelled to proceed the search alone after the Swiss police and mountain rescue groups ended their efforts after “exhausting” each choice.

Connor Roche offered an replace on 30 July: “We just need some more information. We’ve had nothing coming in from any of the missing posters.

“We’ve also now been given the bill for the search helicopter, which came to £7k.”

His different brother Niall defined how the search effort went: “There’s none of his bag or anything that he had with him. It doesn’t make sense how we haven’t found anything. From the timestamp of the picture he sent, it’s about 90 minutes of hiking and it’s not particularly difficult.”

What have his family and friends mentioned?

In her TikTok video, Ms Taylor mentioned Mr Roche had the “biggest heart” and would “do anything for anyone”.

Speaking to The Guardian, Connor mentioned: “I try and keep up hope that maybe he’s decided to wander off, or he’s hit his head and forgotten who he is, but I have to drag myself back to what we actually know and the evidence suggests that he’s still on the mountain and we haven’t found him yet. There’s the outside chance that he has some crazy survival story.

“You can’t help but imagine the worst of things sometimes – especially with it being this long since he went missing. But then you feel guilty for imagining those things. Right now we just need more information – anything that can help us find him and bring him home.”

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