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23-year-old Keaton Emery had set off on a solo hike near Lake Como on Thursday, September 7.

According to Italian media search and rescue teams teams found the body of Keaton Emery on Sunday. The body was recovered from a crag at the bottom of a 60ft drop near the summit of the 1,714m Monte Legnoncino.

Mr. Emery, aged 23 was from Macclesfield and had been volunteering at the Fuori de Vela sailing school, in Dorio, northern Italy, when he went missing. Alarm was raised by colleagues after he did not return from his hike.

Friends and colleagues of Mr. Emery have paid tribute. A former Employer, Congleton based caterer Vanilla in all Seasons posted the following tribute to the company Facebook page:

“Many of you will know our amazing friend and colleague Keaton Emery who embarked on what was to be a journey of a lifetime earlier this year. We were all sad to see him go, but happy for him as he was following a dream – bittersweet.

Well – I never thought I would ever be posting this – but it is with the heaviest of hearts to have heard in the last 24 hours that Keaton is no longer with us. He has died doing what he really loved – but by far way too soon and we will all miss him dearly.

You just couldn’t not like Keaton!! Today our team are feeling hollow inside. Everyone who worked with him has their own fond memories,

Vanilla in Allseasons – the whole team – would like to express our sympathy to Keaton’s Mum and Dad. We were all privileged to have known him”

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said confirmed that they are in touch with Italian authorities and are providing assistance to Keaton’s family.

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