The tourists, Helmut and Erika Simon, were walking off the path between the mountain passes Hauslabjoch and Tisenjoch.They believed that the body was of a recently deceased mountaineer.
The body was semi-officially extracted on 22 September and officially salvaged the following day.
It was transported to the office of the medical examiner in Innsbruck, together with other objects found.
On 24 September the find was examined there by archaeologist Konrad Spindler of the University of Innsbruck.
He dated the find to be "about four thousand years old", based on the typology of an axe among the retrieved objects.
At the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (1919), the border between North and South Tyrol was defined as the watershed of the rivers Inn and Etsch.
However, near Tisenjoch the (now withdrawn) glacier complicated establishing the watershed at the time and the border was established too far north.
Therefore, although Ötzi's find site drains to the Austrian side, surveys in October 1991 showed that the body had been located 92.56 metres (101.22 yd) inside Italian territory as delineated in 1919 The province of South Tyrol therefore claimed property rights, but agreed to let Innsbruck University finish its scientific examinations.
; also called the Iceman, the Similaun Man, the Man from Hauslabjoch, the Tyrolean Iceman, Homo tyrolensis, and the Hauslabjoch mummy) is a nickname given to the well-preserved natural mummy of a man who lived around 3,300 BCE, more precisely between 33 BCE, with a 66% chance that he died between 32 BCE.
He is Europe's oldest known natural human mummy, and has offered an unprecedented view of Chalcolithic Europeans.