Geologist Georg Zagler made the grisly discovery last month
while exploring the Alpine site on Untersberg peak near
Salzburg. A recovery team brought out the remains on Wednesday,
the Austria Press Agency reported.
At first mistaking them for animal bones, Zagler realized his
error when he found two boots and parts of a ski and pole. "It
was a leather shoe cobbled with nails and with thick iron
spikes," probably 70 to 80 years old, APA quoted him as saying.
He suspected the skier fell around 50 meters (150 feet) to his
death. Police think snowmelt and runoff then washed his bones to
a depth as low as 300 meters from the cave opening.
Prosecutors ordered an autopsy but it was unclear whether the
victim would ever be identified, police said.
(Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
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