British tourist dies after he was mugged while hiking in Colombia and left at the bottom of a mountain trail for two days
- The victim was attacked by muggers at a mountain viewpoint in Medellin
- He is believed to have been hit over head with the butt of a gun by muggers
A British tourist has died after he was attacked by muggers while hiking along a mountain trail in Colombia.
He is believed to have been hit over the head with the butt of a gun by muggers who stole his belongings after he hiked to the Hill of Three Crosses in the city of Medellin.
The victim, named locally as Kyle MacKenzie, was found critically injured at the bottom of the mountain trail where he was abandoned by the muggers after being attacked.
He was discovered two days after going missing and rushed to hospital in a critical condition before succumbing to his multiple injuries which included head wounds.
The victim has been described locally as a Swedish-born man who had a British passport.
The British tourist is believed to have been hit over the head with the butt of a gun by muggers who stole his belongings after he hiked to the Hill of Three Crosses (pictured in file image)
He is understood to have been on an extended holiday when he was killed. The victim had been in the city since January 21 and had planned to stay for two months, El Combiano reports.
After he was discovered at the bottom of the mountain trail, the victim was taken to a nearby health centre before being rushed to Medellin’s General Hospital where he died despite life-saving surgery, just before midday local time on Wednesday.
He reportedly managed to tell medics he had been attacked and mugged by three men who stole all his belongings before he lost his fight for life.
His body is now at Medellin’s Forensic Medicine Institute.
The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement: ‘We are supporting the family of a British man who has died in Colombia and are in contact with the local authorities’.
The Hill of Three Crosses, Cerro De Las Tres Cruces in Spanish, is a short but intense hike which offers breathtaking views of the city of Medellin.
As well as three small crosses at the top, it has an outdoor gym.
Holidaymakers who have made the same hike and posted comments online say they felt very safe climbing the path, but warn against going late in the day when it starts getting dark and admit they have heard of people being robbed at night.
The mugging victim has been described as the first foreign person to have been murdered in Medellin so far this year, following 10 murders of foreigners last year in the city.
No arrests are yet believed to have been made although police chief Henry Yesid Bello was quoted as saying detectives had some information pointing to the criminals believed to be responsible.