Aslan King found dead in Australia after running away from campsite

Telegraph Reporters
Aslan King has been missing since Saturday - PA
Aslan King has been missing since Saturday - PA

Australian police say they have found the body of British backpacker who ran away from his campsite last weekend. Sergeant Danny Brown of the Victoria State Police says friends identified the body as that of Aslan King.

King, an illustrator from Brighton, was last seen at a camping ground in Princetown, on the Great Ocean Road, at about 2am on Saturday. His disappearance prompted an intensive search.

King had been camping with friends near the Twelve Apostles, about three hours southwest of Melbourne, when he suffered a suspected seizure and hit his head, before suddenly running into bushland.

Fearing King - who had been on holiday in Australia - had become disorientated and lost in the bush, police deployed a helicopter, horses, motorcycle riders, specialist rescue teams and volunteers to find him.

"The body was located about 10.15 am this morning in a creek just over a kilometre from the camping ground where Aslan was last seen," police said.