Middlesbrough engineer missing in Switzerland after disappearing on mountain

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A British engineer is missing in Switzerland after disappearing just two days before he was due to return home.

Aidan Roche from Middlesbrough had travelled to the European nation for a two-week solo holiday.

He was last seen on 22 June on the Eiger mountain trail near the village of Grindelwald as he walked back to his caravan after scaling the Glacier.

His family and friends have not heard from him since. He is described as 6ft 2in tall and weighing 13 stone.

Swiss authorities launched a rescue search but after a week of "exhausting every option" it was put on hold.

The last photo Aidan Roche took on the Eiger trail - his family have not heard from him since it was taken. Credit: Family

His family are deeply concerned for his welfare. His brothers have walked the trail and surrounding areas three times but have not found any clues about his whereabouts.

Mr Roche's brother Connor, told ITV Tyne Tees: "I don't know what's worse, knowing that something has happened to him or just not knowing.

"There is just no sign of him, after that afternoon he just completely vanished.

"All sorts of stories go through your head. What happened to him? If he hasn't fallen and hurt himself what happened? Where is he?"

Mr Roche's friends have decided to take action themselves launching a fundraising campaign for an advertising campaign and help the family finance search helicopters, which they now have to pay for themselves.

It has already raised over £22,000 of a £30,000 target and hope the campaign will generate new leads about what could have happened.

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