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The Independent

Chile police hunt for lacking UK college astronomer

Police in Chile have launched a seek for a lacking British college astronomy professor who has been lacking for six days.

Thomas Marsh, an astrophysicist and astronomer on the University of Warwick, was final seen close to an astronomical observatory on the sting of the Atacama Desert, the place he was working.

His anxious household have appealed for anybody who may need any info to contact police.

Prof Marsh, 60, a eager walker stated to be very conversant in the mountainous terrain, was final seen round 6am final Friday.

His garments and different belongings together with his passport are reported to have remained untouched in a close-by rented room.

Police are utilizing specialist gear together with drones to hold out the search, and volunteers from an area flight membership are taking to the sky to assist.

Prison investigators are understood to have additionally been drafted in. Officers from the PDI police, a part of Chile’s Ministry of Inside, and the Carabineros nationwide regulation enforcement police say they’re contemplating all choices.

Native PDI police chief Carlos Albornoz stated: “Search work is being finished on the bottom and interviews and statements are being taken.

“Different organisations are additionally concerned within the operation to attempt to set up as rapidly as doable the place this particular person is.

“Nothing is being dominated out, and all traces of inquiry stay open.”

Prof Marsh’s daughter, Tabitha, revealed a lacking individuals poster on Fb, writing: “That is my dad, Tom Marsh. He’s been lacking in Chile since sixteenth of September – virtually every week now. Please share this, we’re determined to seek out him…

“He was out on an observing run on the La Silla Observatory in Chile when he went lacking. The closest city is La Serena.

“If anybody has ANY info or thinks they might help in ANY means, please contact the police. For those who’re within the UK, dial 101 and quote the reference: INC 153 18/9/22 Warwickshire Police. For those who’re outdoors the UK, please name +44 1926 415000.

“Thanks. My household, and my dad’s associates and colleagues, could be past grateful for any assist or info.

“Even in case you don’t suppose you are able to do something, please share this — somebody may be capable to assist us.”

A spokesperson for the College of Warwick stated: “Professor Tom Marsh, the founding professor of the astronomy and astrophysics group at College of Warwick, was reported as lacking from La Silla Observatory in Chile, the place he has just lately been working as a visiting astronomer on the ESO (European Southern Observatory).

“The native emergency companies are endeavor a radical and in depth seek for Tom.

“We’re in common contact with Tom’s household and have provided them our full help, alongside along with his colleagues, college students and associates on the college.

“Our ideas stay with them at this worrying time.”

La Silla Observatory, one of many largest within the southern hemisphere, is about 95 miles from Serena, close to the Atacama Desert, one of many driest and remotest locations on this planet.

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