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Body Found in Big Bear Near Search for Missing Hiker

BIG BEAR, Calif. (KTLA) — Officials were working on Sunday to confirm the identity of a woman’s body discovered in the Baldwin Lake area of Big Bear, authorities said.

The body was found near where rescue crews were searching for a female hiker believed lost, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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Karen Dalman, 59

Sheriff’s deputies in Big Bear had intensified the search on Friday for 59-year-old Karen Dalman, who disappeared during a hike with a friend.

Dalman was last seen around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, according to a statement from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station.

Dalman and a friend, Bruce Jackson, 56, drove to the area of Crystal Mountain near the Eye of God for a day hike, sheriff’s officials said.

They brought along Jackson’s dog, and at some point the dog got away and was running loose, Jackson told deputies.

The pair became separated while looking for the dog, Jackson said.

He spent two days walking in the woods before he found his way back to his car on Thursday and notified authorities that Dalman was missing, authorities said.

Rescuers found Jackson’s dog on Friday afternoon.

“The dog was very agitated when it was located. Probably very hungry, but in good overall physical condition,” said Tiffany Swantek, of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Searchers also found Dalman’s purse and a bucket she used to collect rocks.

Dalman is 5 feet 2 inches tall and 125 pounds, with blonde hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen wearing a light-colored top, tan Capri pants and sneakers.

Dalman is reported to have medical issues and has difficulty walking.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station at (909) 866-0100.

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