Missing Olympic skier Blanca Fernandez Ochoa found dead in Madrid
Blanca Fernandez Ochoa, a four-time Spanish Olympian, was found dead in the Madrid mountains Wednesday, a week and a half after she went missing.
The 56-year-old former Alpine skier was found on the mountain peak of La Peñota, near Cercedilla, in the Sierra de Madrid range, by an off-duty Civil Guard officer and his dog who were part of a massive search party, according to El Pais.
Ochoa was last seen alive Aug. 24 after leaving her home in Aravaca without her phone and her credit cards.
Her black Mercedes was found Sunday outside of Madrid.
“Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of #BlancaFernandezOchoa and a million thanks to all the volunteers who during these days have participated in the search work,” the National Police tweeted.
A massive search for Ochoa spanned the Madrid region and included 100 National Police officers, 100 members of the Civil Guard, 60 volunteers from the civil protection services, 11 municipal police officers, helicopters, drones, horses and dogs, according to the newspaper.
Ochoa competed in four Winter Olympics, beginning at age 16 at the 1980 Games in Lake Placid. In 1992, she won the bronze in the slalom race, becoming Spain’s first female Winter Olympic medalist.
All four of her older siblings also competed in alpine ski racing in various Winter Olympics.