- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A dead body found in the Sandia Mountains has been identified as a hiker who had been missing since last weekend.

New Mexico State Police say the body of 40-year-old Bryan Conkling of Rio Rancho was located around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday about two miles from the top of the La Luz Trail.

The Office of the Medical Investigator will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Conkling went for an overnight hike on the trail Saturday. He was reported missing when he didn’t return home by Sunday night.

Search crews Monday found Conkling’s vehicle parked at the La Luz trailhead along with items belonging to him in an area off the trail.



Searchers used canine teams due to rugged terrain with jagged inclines, deep canyons and rocky peaks.

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