Body of missing German hiker found in Italy

The body of a missing young German woman was found Saturday on the slopes of Gran Sasso, the highest peak in central Italy, according to media reports citing local police.

Body of missing German hiker found in Italy
The woman disappeared shortly after checking in by the peak on Monday. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli / AFP

The woman, identified as 27-year-old Elisabeth Matthes, was recovered on a rocky scree at 2,200 metres (7,200 feet) of altitude, to the north of the mountain resort of Campo Imperatore.

Her rucksack was found 200 metres higher up the mountain.

The AGI news agency said the woman had checked into the Campo Imperatore hotel on Monday but had not been there since going out shortly after her arrival.

Staff raised the alarm when she did not come back for dinner, having leftsome of her belongings in her room.

The hotel is famous as the place where Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was briefly imprisoned in August 1943 before he was liberated in a daring raid by German commandoes.

The area around Gran Sasso, which rises to a peak at 2,912 metres, is popular with hikers in the summer but is considered dangerous walking territory from early October onwards.

AGI reported that the local police had ruled out the involvement of any other party in the woman's death. The corpse was to be evacuated by helicopter with formal identification set to take place on Monday.

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The new German words that perfectly describe the coronavirus pandemic

From Impfneid (vaccine envy) to Abstandbier (socially distanced beer), these words are so hot right now.

The new German words that perfectly describe the coronavirus pandemic

It’s often said that the Germans have a word for everything – and that’s true in corona times as well. Around 200 new words including Impfneid (vaccine envy) and Abstandbier (socially distanced beer) have been added to a list of new words by the Leibniz Institute for the German language.

1. When it’s all become too much.

For those feeling overwhelmed by the year-long pandemic, there is Coronaangst (Corona anxiety), coronamüde (corona tired) or überzoom (too much zoom).

2. Love in the time of corona

If you have a specific cuddle partner, they are your Kuschelkontact (cuddle contact). More bleakly, Todesküsschen (little kiss of death) has became synonymous with a friendly kiss on the cheek.

3. Keeping your distance from everybody

The term Babyelefant is now a common concept for anyone living in Austria, where we are urged to keep a “baby elephant’s” distance from one another.

A CoronaFußgruß (corona foot greeting) has replaced the traditional handshake upon meeting people. 

4. Panic at the start of the first lockdown

The process of the pandemic can be tracked through new words emerging. At the beginning of lockdown last March, the word Hamsteritis (hamster buying) was widely used, referring to panic buying as similar to a hamster filling its cheeks with food to eat later.

Added to that was Klopapierhysterie, or hysteria over toilet paper running about.

5. Balcony entertainment

As people began singing from their balconies during the spring lockdown, the word Balkonsänger (balcony singer) came into use, along with Balkonklatscher (balcony clapper) Balkonkonzert (balcony concert) and of course Balkonmusik (balcony music).

6. Watching sport during the pandemic

You might want to try out an Abstandsjubeltanz, loosely translated as a socially distanced choreographed dance when celebrating your football team’s win.

7. Mask wearing

The Germans have adopted the British term Covidiot, but have a more specific word of Maskentrottel (mask idiot), for someone who wears their face covering under their nose. A mask worn this way can also be described as a Kinnwärmer or chin warmer.

A mask worn correctly is sometimes referred to as a Gesichtskondom (face condom).

8. Waiting forever for a vaccine

Germany and the EU’s slow vaccine rollout has led to many experiencing Impfneid or vaccine envy as other countries race ahead in vaccinating their citizens. 

The words were found by the team of researchers by combing through press reports, social media and the wider internet.

You can find the whole list of new words here