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Winter Olympic medallist Blanca Fernández Ochoa found dead

Police confirmed that the body found in the sierra to the north of Madrid on Wednesday morning was the Spanish skier. Fernández Ochoa had been missing since 24 August.

Blanca Fernández Ochoa

Police sources have confirmd that the body found on the mountain of La Peñota, above the town of Cercedilla, in the sierra north of Madrid this morning is that of 56-year-old Blanca Fernández Ochoa, the former Spanish skier who has been missing since 24 August. The search operation was now in its fourth day.

According to the police the body showed signs a serious blow to the head, suggesting a fall.

After three days of scouring the mountainous region close to the Spanish capital, including the use of three drones and a helicopter, nothing but Fernández Ochoa's black Mercedes car had been found.

A search party formed by 100 members of the National Police, 100 members of the Guardia Civil and 25 firemen as well as 60 volunteers have been combing the area since Sunday. The body was found mid-morning on Wednesday, after the search resumed at 9:00 hours.

Blanca Fernández Ochoa
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Blanca Fernández Ochoa

Madrid-born Fernández Ochoa was the first Spanish women to win a medal at the Winter Olympics, claiming bronze in the slalom at the 1992 Games in Albertville, France.