May 8, 2009 / 3:00 PM / 11 years ago

Lost tourist search turns up seven corpses

BEIJING (Reuters) - A rescue team which failed to find a missing visitor at a tourist hotspot in northern China got a nasty surprise when it stumbled upon seven corpses instead.

The team had been scouring the peaks around Taishan Mountain in Shandong province for the Beijing tourist who vanished on April 28, the Qilu Evening Post said.

“We accidentally found seven corpses during our search over the past few days,” the newspaper quoted one of the rescuers as saying.

The report did not say, however, how the seven may have died nor who they were. The tourist is still missing.

The mountain is one of China’s “Five Sacred Peaks” revered by Daoists and is a magnet for Chinese visitors.

Reporting by Yu Le and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Sugita Katyal

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