- Backpacker went missing last Tuesday after hiking to visit a waterfall
- Today Malaysian police have confirmed they have found a body
- His mother arrived on the island yesterday to help with the search
Malaysian police have confirmed they have found a body in the search for missing British backpacker Gareth Huntley.
Mr Huntley, from Cricklewood, north London, has not been seen since going trekking on Tioman Island last Tuesday.
The 34-year-old left the headquarters of the Juara Turtle Project, where he was working, on May 27 to hike through the jungle.
He told staff he would be back that afternoon but failed to return.
Malaysian police have confirmed they have found a body in the search for missing British backpacker Gareth Huntley
His mother Janet Southwell arrived on the island of Tioman yesterday saying she was staying positive in the hope that she will be the 'friendly face' he needs when he comes out of the jungle.
Last Friday a professional search team was deployed on the island of Tioman, including ten paramilitary commandos, five police officers, three guides with search dogs, a fire and rescue team, two boats and a helicopter.
Mr Huntley's girlfriend Kit Natariga arrived on the island earlier this week.
Miss Natariga admitted time to find him was 'running out'. She told Sky News: 'It's really tough coming onto the island, we're in a bit of a helpless state. We cannot give up... time is running out.'
She said her boyfriend was an experienced backpacker and adventurer who would take utmost care in ensuring he was prepared for excursions.
Last week Mrs Southwell explained that it was out of character for her son to go missing. 'He's got an exploring nature, he's intelligent, and hopefully his ability to apply himself will get him through this.
'He was on a break from work, he was due to start a new job in Singapore next week. It's totally out of character for him to go missing, he just would not do it. He knows there are too many people who care and love him.'
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Missing: Gareth Huntley went missing last Tuesday after deciding to trek to a waterfall in the jungle