PARIS — French authorities say an alpine rescue team has found the bodies of three people on the mountain in the French Alps where three Italian climbers were reported missing.

The high mountain police unit of Chamonix said rescuers recovered the body of 31-year-old Luca Lombardini on Friday. Lombardini, his younger brother Alessandro, 28, and Elisa Berton, 27, went missing on Tuesday after they set out to climb a mountain on the French side of the Mont Blanc massif.

Police say the bodies of two other people were found near Lombardini’s on Friday, but not yet been recovered. The three are believed to have been tied to the same rope.

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