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Body of last hiker found

The body of the eighth and last victim from a group of hikers that had drowned in the Lousios River, western Peloponnese, was found yesterday, six months after the tragedy occurred. The eight victims, aged 23 to 36, were part of a group of 18 hikers that had been swept away while attempting to cross a river during flash floods at the end of May. Authorities said the body, which had largely decomposed, was found jammed between rocks. It was not clear how close the corpse was to where the accident took place. Rescue teams, including firefighters, had been searching for the body for about a month before giving up. Authorities said that a DNA test would be needed to confirm the victim’s identity because of the advanced state of decomposition.