The body of tragic student Alana Cutland is believed to have been found in Madagascar nearly two weeks after she leapt to her death from a light aircraft.
The grim discovery was made today by local villagers who have been searching constantly for any sign of Alana, 19, since she plunged 3,700ft to the ground.
The police chief who has been leading the search confirmed that the body had been provisionally identified as the teenager by her hair colour, shoes and clothing.
Villagers are preparing to move the body to the tiny airstrip at Anjajavy in north west Madagascar before it is flown 400 miles by helicopter to the capital Antananarivo tomorrow.
Around 400 local people and 15 police have been searching for Alana since July 25 when she opened the door of the Cessna 182 which she was flying in and fell to her almost certain death.
The pilot desperately tried to pull the door shut with one hand while controlling the plane with the other to stop her falling out, but half her body was left hanging out of the four-seater plane.
British teacher Ruth Johnson, 51, from Banbury, Oxfordshire, who was sitting next to Alana also desperately held on to her leg to stop her falling, while screaming, ‘Come back, Come back.’
But Alana pulled away from her grasp and fell after a struggle lasting two minutes, according to air accident investigators in Madagascar.
Ms Jones has since recreated the moment for authorities to show her and the pilot’s attempts to stop Alana from jumping out.
The body was found in a remote area of woodland and scrub 12 days after she fell on the first leg of her journey home following an eight day spell studying crabs on a conservation project
Alana opened the door just five minutes after taking off from the airstrip at Anjajavy.
She had been suffering psychotic episodes and bouts of anxiety, possibly as a result of a reaction to anti-malaria pills or other medication.
Police in Madagascar have confirmed that toxicology tests will now be carried out on the body to determine what medicines Alana had been taking.
The body was found just a day after villagers at Anajajavy sacrificed one of their precious zebu cattle to try and get their local God to help them find the body of the teenager.
Local police chief Spinola Nomenjahary who has been co-ordinating the search for Alana said: ‘The body was found on the ground. It was recognised as being Alana from her clothes, hair and shoes.
‘The body has been wrapped in a plastic sheet and will be flown to Antananarivo tomorrow by helicopter. We have already informed the British embassy of the discovery.