THE body of a missing walker has been found in a remote peat bog on the fells above Bleasdale.
The gruesome discovery was made by another walker on Saddle Fell on Saturday evening.
Police believe the body could have been in the peat bog for up to three weeks.
And mountain rescuers have now urged walkers to extra care and say the tragedy highlights the dangers of hiking alone on the fells.
Police were contacted around 5.20pm on Saturday after the body was found.
Due to the remote location, a search and rescue operation was launched the following morning involving the police helicopter and Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team.
Police believe the man had fallen into the peat bog and become trapped.
DS Nigel Watson said: “We believe the man travelled on the train from Ormskirk to Preston on 10 September and never made a return journey.
“A member of the public found the body on Sunday morning but there was no phone reception. It took him a number of hours to walk off the fell to raise the alarm.
“The body has not yet been formerly identified although we believe he is a 75-year-old man from Liverpool. It appears to have been a tragic accident.’’
and we are currently trying to trace next of kin. I appeal to anyone who thinks they know him to come forward.”
Walkers are being urged to tell someone where they are going and to make sure they are fully equipped.
Phil O’Brien of Bowland and Pennine Mountain Rescue Team added: “I urge walkers not to take any unnecessary risks and where possible, to use appropriate maps.
“They should tell someone where they are going and when to expect them back. They should make sure they are wearing appropriate clothing and footwear and to check the weather forecast before setting off. Inexperienced walkers should make sure they are with someone with them who knows the area well.”
A post mortem examination will be carried out this week to establish the cause of death. It is not being treated as suspicious.
Anyone with information about the death can contact police on 0845 1253545. D