UCT student found dead

An inquest docket has been opened after a UCT student’s body was discovered in Newlands Forest.

An inquest docket has been opened after a UCT student’s body was discovered in Newlands Forest.Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - An inquest docket has been opened after the body of a University of Cape Town (UCT) student was found in Newlands Forest on Monday.

Rescuers retrieved Ilan Blecher's body after he and his older brother went hiking on Sunday.

While his brother turned back, the 19-year-old carried on hiking. That was the last time they saw each other.

Table Mountain National Park's Merle Collins said it's believed he may have slipped and fell.

"He was positively identified after the body was retrieved. His friends and family were on the scene. It was a very sad occasion."