- Associated Press - Friday, July 14, 2017

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say the body of a Southern California man who disappeared nine months ago while hiking in the Sierra has been found.

Seventy-four-year-old Robert Woodie was reported missing after he didn’t return from a four-day solo backpacking trip in Kings Canyon National Park last October.

Around that time, a cold spell hit the mountains, with strong winds, temperatures below freezing at night and snow at higher elevations.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://lat.ms/2tR6VBR) hikers found a body July 6 near the Bishop Pass trail. Coroner’s officials identified it as Woodie‘s.

National parks officials described the Manhattan Beach resident as an experienced hiker who knew the area.

The Times said Thursday that a memorial website set up by Woodie’s son says Woodie was believed to be a victim of a rock slide.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/


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