(VILLAR-D’ARENE, France) -- Authorities are investigating the deaths of six mountaineers whose bodies were found in the French Alps on Sunday.
The bodies were discovered by a British hiker near the summit of Neige Cordier, at an altitude of approximately 8,850 feet (2700 meters), according to published reports. Following the discovery, authorities were alerted and the bodies of the victims were taken to the village of Villar-d'Arene via helicopter.
Investigators believe the mountain climbers were killed by an avalanche of snow on Saturday.
The identities of the victims weren’t immediately released.
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