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Body found amid Tenerife search
Police searching in Tenerife for a missing British holidaymaker have found a body.
Peter Henley, 50, from Dover, Kent, flew to the Spanish island on December 6 and stayed in the resorts of Puerto de Santiago and Puerto de la Cruz. He had booked further nights at a hotel in Costa de Silencio but failed to check in.
The alarm was raised when the keen walker and photographer failed to return on a flight back to Britain on December 18.
Television and radio appeals were made on the island, and a Facebook group was set up in an effort to trace Mr Henley, regarded as an independent traveller.
Kent Police liaised with Interpol and a tour representative to aid the search but tonight it emerged that a body believed to be diabetic Mr Henley had been found. According to reports from the Canary Islands, the body was recovered from a popular hiking spot near the coast at Los Realejos on the north side of the island.
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokesman said: "We are aware that a British national has died in Tenerife. We are unable to confirm details at the moment but we are providing consular assistance."
Relatives of Mr Henley, a long-term employee of the travel and insurance company Saga, had previously told reporters that he was not depressed and was looking forward to Christmas.
As confirmation of the identity of the body had not yet been made, his colleagues said they "hope for the best, though fear the worst".
Paul Green, Saga's director of communications, said: "As the producer of the company's staff magazine, Peter Henley is a well-known and well-liked figure within Saga. He has been with the company for nearly 28 years. Colleagues were concerned when Peter did not come into the office after a planned holiday to Tenerife. When they could not contact Peter on the phone our HR team contacted Peter's relatives who subsequently raised the alarm with the police.
"Although Peter, a keen walker and photographer, travelled independently we have used our rep in Tenerife to help make contact with the emergency services, hotels and hospitals in the area. We understand the FCO have confirmed the death of a British national in Tenerife. However, as yet there is not a confirmed identity, so we hope for the best, though fear the worst. Our thoughts and prayers are with Peter and his family."