Storm complicates Swiss Alpine search for lost billionaire

In this Oct. 16, 2017 file photo people stand in front of the Matterhorn near in Zermatt, Switzerland. Authorities in Switzerland and Italy were searching Wednesday April 11, 2018 for a German billionaire who has been missing in the Alps since the weekend, when he failed to return from a ski excursion on the Matterhorn. Karl-Erivan Haub, heir to the Tengelmann retail empire, was training for a ski race when he disappeared on Switzerland's famous peak, located on the border with Italy. (Cyril Zingaro/Keystone via AP,file)

A strong storm in the Alps is hampering efforts to find a German billionaire who has been missing on the famed Matterhorn peak for days

BERLIN — A strong storm in the Alps is hampering efforts to find a German billionaire who has been missing on the famed Matterhorn peak for days.

The dpa news agency reported Thursday that the head of the rescue effort, Anjan Truffer, said the weather has meant teams have not been able to move out in the morning as planned.

Truffer says rescue crews remain in close contact with the family of Karl-Erivan Haub, who was last seen on Saturday morning as he headed up a mountain lift.

Haub, the 58-year-old heir to the Tengelmann retail empire, was training for a ski mountaineering race when he disappeared.

Rescuers say it's not clear where he went missing and they're searching an area of over 240 square kilometers (93 sq. miles).

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