Two British hikers who went missing while trying to climb Italy's Matterhorn mountain were found dead on Saturday, news reports said.
The hikers probably froze to death, the ANSA news agency reported, quoting a doctor from rescue services who came to the conclusion because there were no signs of injury to the bodies.
"The bodies were covered in snow," doctor Enrico Visetti said.
The hikers called for help late on Thursday, reporting that a snowstorm was halting their progress. The bad weather continued, and slowed down efforts to locate them.
The Matterhorn, straddling the border between Italy and Switzerland, is one of the highest peaks in the Alps, at almost 4,500 meters. Temperatures where the hikers were found can go below minus 10 degrees, ANSA said.