EMERGENCY services went into action when a roommate of a Bolivian woman advised that she had gone hiking in Arta and hadn’t returned.
Thanks to the fact that the friend had some idea of where the 34-year-old intended to walk, the search operation concentrated on the area between Betlem and the Cape of Ferrutx.
A large team which included representatives from the Guardia Civil, Fire Brigade, Local Police, Emergency Service and Civil Protection, assisted by tracker dogs, went into action but were initially unsuccessful in finding any sign of her.
The hunt continued until dogs from the canine unit of the Mallorca Fire Brigade discovered a trail and the body was eventually found by members of the Guardia Civil Mountain Rescue and Intervention Group (GREIM) at the bottom of a cliff.
Having descended to the base, officers confirmed that the woman was dead, having presumably wandered off of the establish path to explore the area and then fallen a fatal 30 metres.
So inaccessible was the area that a Guardia Civil helicopter had to be called in to undertake a series of difficult manoeuvres in order to remove the body which was then taken for autopsy.