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Tustin Man Dies After Being Electrocuted in Tree

A Tustin man was electrocuted while taking pictures in a tree, authorities said.

Firefighters responded about 8:40 a.m. Sunday to the 15600 block of South California Street, where the body of the 27-year-old man was discovered in the backyard of a residence, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

The Orange County coroner’s office later identified the victim as David Strohm Jr.

He had apparently climbed the tree to photograph the sunset on Saturday, and posted photos on his Facebook page just after 6 p.m., said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Fire Authority.

Family members reported Strohm missing and spent hours searching for him. They found his cellphone under the tree on Sunday morning, then saw his body.

“While he was up there, he somehow came in contact with … the lines that are running from pole to pole, and he was electrocuted,” Concialdi said.

Southern California Edison workers temporarily shut off power to about 20 homes in the area while firefighters removed the body from the tree.

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