Body found in Malaysia was that of missing Londoner

Police have confirmed a body found in the Malaysian jungle is that of missing British backpacker Gareth Huntley, the Foreign Office said.

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Family 'hugely grateful' for Malaysian search effort

Janet Southwell with her son Gareth Huntley Credit: Family handout/PA Wire

The family of a London man missing in the Malaysian jungle have thanked the Government for stepping up the search mission, after yesterday saying not enough was being done to find him.

London charity worker Gareth Huntley has not been seen since he went on a trek to visit a waterfall in Tioman Island, on Tuesday morning.

His brother Mark Huntley said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has promised to "escalate the issue quickly" and that the family were keeping positive as a result of efforts to find him:

"We want to personally thank David Cameron and Philip Hammond for their reassurances. It is a very big positive for us.

"We are, of course, very grateful to the Malaysian people and the authorities for their work too. Everyone has been fantastic.

"We are told that local people went out to look for Gareth as soon as he was first described as missing - so without them there would not be a search mission."What we need now is for that work to continue and to find my brother."

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Hammond discusses missing Brit with Malaysia minister

Malaysian defence minister Hishamuddin Hussein said he has spoken to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond about the search for a British man missing in the Malaysian jungle.

Mr Gareth Huntley, 34, from London, has not been seen since Tuesday morning when he went alone on a trek on Tioman Island.

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Malaysia using 'all available assets' in missing Brit search

"All available search assets" are being used to find a British man missing in the Malaysian jungle, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has been assured.

The Foreign Office said Mr Hammond, who has arrived in the country, was told Malaysian authorities would do everything possible to find 34-year-old Gareth Huntley.

Missing Briton Gareth Huntley pictured with his girlfriend Kit Natariga. Credit: Family handout/PA Wire

An FCO spokesman said: "The Defence Secretary, who is in Malaysia, has spoken to the Malaysian Defence Minister this morning to confirm that all available search assets are used to find Gareth Huntley.

"The Government will continue to work with the Malaysian authorities to ensure there is a comprehensive search."

Britain 'escalates search' for missing Londoner

British military forces have been sent to Malaysia to join the search for a missing Londoner. Charity worker Gareth Huntley has not been seen since Tuesday, when he failed to return from a trek in the Malaysian jungle.

Yesterday his family asked Prime Minister David Cameron to "make one phone call" to the country's leader "before time runs out". They have now been told the Government is working with the Malaysian military to escalate the search.

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Missing Briton's mother in plea to David Cameron

The mother of a British man missing in the Malaysian jungle has asked Prime Minister David Cameron to "make one phone call" to the country's leader "before time runs out".

Gareth Huntley, 34, from London, has not been seen since Tuesday. Credit: PA

Janet Southwell said "real help" was needed to find Gareth Huntley, who has not been seen since he went on a trek to visit a waterfall in Tioman Island, off the south eastern coast of the country's mainland, on Tuesday morning.

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Police boats arrive at island in search for missing Brit

Police boats have arrived at an island in Malaysia to search for a British man who went missing there.

Etienne Do, a friend of missing Gareth Huntley, posted on Twitter:

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Missing Brit's mother urges UK Government to help

The mother of a British man missing in the Malaysian jungle has called for the UK Government to help with the search.

Janet Southwall said she was "extremely concerned and anxious" about the safety of her son Gareth Huntley, who disappeared while trekking to a waterfall on Tioman Island.

Gareth Huntley, 34, went missing while on a trek in the Malaysian jungle. Credit: Family handout

"It's a huge wilderness out there - a remote location. He could have taken a wrong turn and just got lost in another valley - we just don't know," she said.

"The trouble is the police probably don't have proper search equipment - they need extra support."

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