The bodies of two missing tourists from England and the United States have been found on the slopes of a volcano in southern Nicaragua, the family of one of the young men announced on Saturday. Nicholas Roth, 28, of London, and Jordan Alexander Ressler, 23, of San Diego, were last seen as they left more than two weeks ago to climb the 4,600-foot (1,400-meter) Maderas volcano, 60 miles (100 kms) southeast of Managua.
Rescue workers found two bodies together on Saturday afternoon on the lower slopes of the volcano. Decomposition made it difficult to identify the remains, and officials called in forensic experts, Nicaraguan Police spokesman Alonso Sevilla said.
Nevertheless, Ressler's family said Saturday that the travelers apparently fell to their deaths after venturing off the main trail and attempting to traverse a steep ledge.
A stage and film professional with an Ivy-league education, Ressler had traveled previously in South America, Europe and Asia.
Jordan and Roth apparently met on the road, said Gary Ressler, Jordan's brother. Contacted in Miami, he thanked U.S. and Nicaraguan authorities for helping "provide closure for my family."
Rescuers had to contend with heavy fog during the initial days of the search, as helicopters and dogs were brought in to locate the two young men, who had arrived at Ometepe island on Managua lake Nov. 15 and set out for the volcano two days later.
Jordan's parents - artist Vivien Ressler and attorney Jeffrey Ressler, of La Jolla, California - traveled to Nicaragua after their son's disappearance and reportedly offered a reward in the search.