CAIRO: Four men were found dead of thirst Thursday in the She’eit Desert Valley near the city of Kom Ombo in the Aswan governorate, reported Al-Masry Al-Youm.
A member of a local tribe found the four bodies 40 kilometers away from where their car was found Monday, said Kom Ombo security head Abdel Muttalib Fekry according to ONA. Al-Ahram reported authorities believe the men left the car after it ran out of fuel.
Security services, border guards, a military helicopter and local residents had been searching since Monday for the group, which was reportedly lost in the rugged area. Police speculate that the group was digging for gold and buried ancient Egyptian artifacts.
The father of one of the victims told Youm7 Thursday that his son was out to inspect a marble quarry, and condemned the police speculation as “rumors.” However, Fekry denied there are any quarries in the area, according to Veto Gate.
The wife of one of the victims called the police in Cairo, where she resides, and reported that her husband was one of those missing according to state television.
She said her husband went up a hill to find coverage to make a phone call, and told her they were lost and that one of them had already died. The Cairo Emergency Department reported the incident to officials in Aswan and rescue efforts began.
Three of the victims were from Wadi Gedid governorate, and one was from Aswan according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.