British teenager found dead in Val d’Isère

A British teenager has been found dead in a French ski resort after failing to return to his accommodation after a night out.

The 18-year-old man was holidaying with his parents in the resort of Val d’Isère.

He was last seen leaving a bar in the resort in the early hours of Tuesday.

A search was launched by police and mountain rescuers later that day after he failed to return to his family’s holiday chalet.

His body was understood to have been discovered at 2.30pm on Wednesday after an aerial search in a police helicopter, the Telegraph reported.

It was found in steep and isolated terrain in the Gorges de la Daille, between the La Daille area of the resort, where the Olympic downhill run finishes, and the Chevril lake.

The teenager was spending a week with his family in the resort in a chalet booked through a tour operator.

Police have launched an investigation into the death.

La Daille, about 15 minutes’ walk from the centre of Val d’Isère, is a popular spot for self-catering apartments and is also the location of Folie Douce, one of the resort’s best-known nightspots.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the death of a British national in France. We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.”

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