Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, who went missing since March 24 while on a climb in the Andes Mountains in Argentina, has been found dead.
"Mountains retained its favourite child.. R.I.P Malli Mastan Babu," read the announcement on Facebook page, 'Rescue Malli Mastan Babu', which had been set up by his friends and well-wishers to share updates on the search for the missing mountaineer.
The Ministry of External Affairs had earlier said it was coordinating with authorities in South America over the search for Malli Mastan Babu.
The news was conveyed to the family members by government officials, according to Mastan Babu's sister Dorasanamma.
Mr Babu hailed from Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, and is an alumnus of IIM-Calcutta, IIT-Kharagpur, NIT Jamshedpur and Sainik School, Korukonda. He had left home on December 16 for his trek in the Andes Mountains, which straddle the border between Argentina and Chile. The weather had turned bad soon after he had started his climb, and he had gone missing on March 24.