Missing Sandhurst cadets remains found


Human remains found in France are those of a Sandhurst officer cadet who went missing more than two years ago, DNA tests have revealed.

The discovery of one of Blake Hartley's thigh bones in a river has ended the uncertainty over his fate and a tireless quest by his family to find him.

''It is desperately sad news," his mother, Sally Perrin, said yesterday at her cottage in the Shropshire hamlet of Hinton. "It has taken away any vestige of hope that he would one day come back and walk through the door.

''But at least it has ended the uncertainty. Hopefully, we will now be able to find the rest of his remains, bring him home and put him to rest."

Mr Hartley, 25, disappeared on Aug 8, 2004, on the first evening of an Army training exercise based in the Alpine town of Chamonix. He was the expedition leader.

What a sad story, RIP.


At least its a bit of closure for his relatives as to what happened to him. I dont think he will have been the first person to have come out of the Garage pissed up and fallen into the l'Arve. That river is a raging torrent at the best of times.


A sad end to such a young and interesting life.

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