Police and medics wait near a woodland area in Cercedilla, just outside of Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. A search squad of hundreds is combing a mountainous area outside Madrid 11 days after former alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist Blanca Fernandez Ochoa went missing.(AP Photo/Paul White)

Spain: Woman's body found in search for missing Olympian

September 04, 2019 - 8:28 am

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have found a woman's body in a mountainous area near Madrid where officers have been searching for former alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist Blanca Fernández Ochoa.

Fernández won a bronze skiing for Spain in the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, becoming the country's first female Winter Olympic medalist.

The 56-year-old was last spotted on surveillance video at a shopping mall on Aug. 24.

A Civil Guard spokesman said tracking dogs located the body on Wednesday and authorities will now work to identify the dead woman.

The spokesman wasn't authorized to be identified in media reports

More than 200 police officers on foot and horseback, firefighters, forest rangers and hundreds of volunteers have been combing a steep pine-forested area for days.

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