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2 Americans die on Matterhorn

August 10, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Two American climbers have been found dead on the Matterhorn mountain in the southern Swiss canton Valais, local police said.

The bodies of the 57-year-old woman and the 53-year-old man were found at an altitude of about 13,100 feet late Friday, said Jean-Marie Bornet, head of information and prevention for the Valais cantonal police.

The two climbers had been missing since Thursday.

"They were climbing, then they fell and were killed. It is not clear why they fell," but the weather was bad at the time, said Bornet, who did not give their names or hometown.

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