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A British astronomer has been found dead in Chile after disappearing during a research trip.

Thomas Marsh was visiting the La Silla Observatory, on the outskirts of the Atacama desert, when he disappeared on September 16.

After an extensive search, local authorities found the body of the 60-year-old University of Warwick professor some three miles from the observatory.

The local police offered their condolences to the family of Professor Marsh, who is in northern Chile and traveled there to assist in the search operation.

The University of Warwick confirmed that a body had been found, but that formal identification had not yet been carried out.

Chancellor Christine Ennew said it was “deeply distressing” news for Professor Marsh’s family, as well as the wider university community.

“I know how terrible this moment is for colleagues who knew Tom and considered him a close friend, as well as an inspiring scholar and mentor,” he said.

“For anyone who has been affected by today’s news, please use the wellness support that is out there to help you through this difficult time.”

The Foreign Office said it is in contact with local authorities and support is being offered to Professor Marsh’s family.


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