Body of well-known paraglider found in mountains after weeks of searching

The body of an experienced paraglider has been found in the mountains almost a month after he went missing.

James "Kiwi" Johnston disappeared on August 23 and his body was found on September 18.

A passerby noticed a parachute, leading to the discovery of the well-known paraglider's body under a tree in the Fish Creek mountains of Eureka County in Nevada, reports Sky News.

Mr Johnston suffered from multiple injuries from a high-elevation fall.

The paraglider from New Zealand died instantly it is believed, his family are said to be "relieved" he did not suffer.

According to reports, the death has been ruled an accident with no foul play suspected.

A search was launched for Mr Johnston after his disappearance, which was called to an end a week later on August 29.

His body was discovered on Friday, following the discovery of his parachute.

Mr Johnston's heartbroken family released a statement and paid tribute to the paraglider who had 30 years' experience.

The statement from his family said: "This journey and search for our man has been enlightening in so many abstract and glorious ways.

"Today was the culmination of four weeks hard work and dedication, we were finally blessed to see where James came to rest.

"After seeing his equipment combined with knowledgeable opinion we are relieved to believe that James died instantly.

"Although the search to recover him took weeks, it is comforting to know that he did not suffer and was not waiting for us to show to save him."

The parachute was discovered a couple of days earlier, at the time the family said: "The glider was found billowing in the wind 10 to 15 miles from the road by passersby.

"It's in an area that has been heavily searched… We will be in touch with an update as soon as we have one.''

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