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Missing Climber Found On Kenyan Mountain

February 4, 1985

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ A West German climber missing for five days has been found alive on the slopes of the 14,260-foot Mount Elgon, the West German Embassy confirmed today.

Joachim Schrahn of Herne, near Bonn, missing since Tuesday, was located by police Sunday on the lower slopes of the mountain which straddles the Kenyan- Ugandan border, the Daily Nation newspaper reported.

Embassy officials confirmed the report but said they had no other details.

Police and army troops launched a search for the 25-year-old climber after he left his 11-member party half way up Mount Elgon, complaining of fatigue. The group offered a reward of the equivalent of about $630 for information on his whereabouts.

There had been speculation that Schrahn might have been kidnapped by robbers crossing from Uganda who were believed responsible for stealing parts from the climbing party’s car, West German officials said earlier.

The mountain attracts foreign climbers and tourists interested in the rare monkeys and elephants that frequent caves in the area looking for salt.

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