Businessman goes missing while descending Nepali trail

Businessman goes missing while descending Nepali trail
Trekking enthusiast: Lee (left) – photopgraphed with an unidentified hiker – has been missing since Sunday while descending the Annapurna trail in Nepal.

PETALING JAYA - The family of Dennis Lee, who went missing while hiking in Nepal on Sunday, is still hopeful that he will be found.

Family spokesman Rahel Joseph said the family was staying strong as they wait for news of Lee, who disappeared after reaching the highest point of his Himalayan trek.

"Everyone is still very hopeful and trying to do as much as possible to make sure he is fine.

"There are many people on the ground to help in the search.

"They are trying to mo­bilise as many assets as possible to increase the chances of finding him," Joseph said.

Lee, a 48-year-old businessman, arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, on March 28 to trek the Annapurna trail with a group of Filipino friends.

He was discovered missing on Sunday in the Ghorepani area of the Khopra Danda Track, roughly after 3pm local time (5.15pm Malaysian time).

His guide turned back to retrace the route to see where Lee could have strayed during the first day of their descent, but to no avail.

His wife, Jennifer Eileen Peters-Lee, was notified by Holiday Tibet Trek of his disappearance on Tues­day, the same day a police report was lodged and a 35-strong search party was formed.

She flew to Nepal on Wednesday to join in on the rescue effort, but bad weather have delayed operations, especially the aerial search using a helicopter.

The couple have two teenage daughters, and the Lee family is currently seeking help from Nepalese authorities to assist in the search.

Anyone with information or words of support can visit FindDennisLee on Facebook, or e-mail finddennis@yahoo.com.

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