Climber may be Briton

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The body of Joe Tasker, who disappeared 14 years ago while attempting to scale Everest, may have been found just below the summit by members of a Japanese expedition Mr Tasker, 34, was last seen, along with his partner, Peter Boardman, in May 1982.

The pair were on an expedition led by Chris Bonington, who saw them last at 27,000ft. Yesterday, he was still not convinced the mystery surrounding the last days of the men had been solved. "Obviously, it would be lovely if the whole thing could be settled. It would be good for everyone who knew Joe and Pete," he said