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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