DNA testing has confirmed a body found on the Costa del Sol in October is that of British man, Roger Hanks, who disappeared two weeks earlier after Malaga’s flash floods.
Concerned locals reported Roger, 73, missing after the heavy rains that struck the province between October 9 and 10, and a search mission was launched.
Guardia Civil officers, Local Police, Civil Protection teams and volunteers were joined by specialist search dogs and volunteers, but failed to find any trace of the pensioner.
However, on October 23, the corpse of a man in an ‘advanced state of decomposition’ was found on a beach in Casares during a patrol by the Guardia Civil of Manilva.
After carrying out DNA profiling with relatives, it has been confirmed the body belongs to Robert, who was carried away during the flooding of the Pereila River.
He is believed to have lived in a shelter on the riverbank.
Roger’s family have been notified and are making plans for his cremation.