The body of former Spanish Olympic alpine ski medalist Blanca Fernandez Ochoa was found on Wednesday in a mountainous area near Madrid after days of searches for her by hundreds of police and volunteers, the AFP is reporting.
“Solidarity, support and human warmth have been felt these days in the mountains of Cercedilla. Security forces and many volunteers have taken part in the search for Blanca Fernandez Ochoa. But nothing could be done. My affection to all her family,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted.
The 56-year-old had been missing since she was last spotted on surveillance video at a shopping center on Aug 24. Her car was later found at a parking lot near the start of a hiking trail.
The authorities said they are still investigating the cause of her death.
She was well known in Spain having won a bronze skiing for Spain in the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, becoming the country’s first female Winter Olympic medallist, and then after retiring she starred in several TV reality shows.