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Man's Body Discovered in Angeles National Forest

Investigators working to determine cause of death, which may be an accident, authorities said.

A hiker made a gruesome discovery early Saturday and found a man's body on a hiking trail north of JPL, authorities said.

The deceased man appears to be in his 20s. It is not known how long the body may have been there and his death appears to be a hiking accident, said Sergeant Cynthia Gonzales of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station.

A hiker made the discovery around 7:40 a.m. The person then hiked out and contacted authorities, Gonzales said.

Sheriff's investigators are still on scene and as of 10:37a.m. are preparing to move the body out. Authorities may transport the body by helicopter. The copter is parked along an area on Angeles Crest Highway, according to scanner reports.

RT December 23, 2012 at 04:09 PM
If he didn't fall, he probably froze to death because its been SO cold lately. Woke up yesterday to the thermometer reading 29° degrees! Last time I checked I lived in SoCal?
Bob Musselman December 23, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Any updates? I'm interested in what mistakes to avoid since I hike in that area frequently!
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 24, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Mr Musselman: Your namesake makes the best apple sauce. Painting with a broad brush here, but avoid hiking in that area. Guaranteed to work.
Nicole Charky December 26, 2012 at 11:36 PM
@Bob - Here is an update to the story: http://patch.com/A-0BMc

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