The body of a child found in a mountainous area of southern Spain has been identified as that of a German boy who had been missing for several days.
A postmortem is being carried out today to determine how the five-year-old died.
His father, who was taken to the scene after arriving from Dortmund, has confirmed that the body was that of his son.
The boy had been on holiday near Cordoba with his mother. She is in hospital after being found wandering dehydrated, in shock and covered in scratches.
Temperatures in the area can soar to 40 degrees.
Reports say that beside the boy’s body search teams found two rucksacks and several empty bottles of water.
The mother is said to have left home in Herdecke in western Germany over a week ago to drive to Spain with her son. It is thought they had been sleeping in their car.
Neighbours in Germany spoke of their shock, wondering how such a tragedy could have occurred. One theory is that the pair had some kind of accident while hiking, and the mother left the child behind to seek help.
Neither has been named. Until now the mother has been unable to tell police exactly what happened. She is not expected to be discharged from hospital before Monday.