Pomona College Professor Found Dead in Kings Canyon National Park After Disappearing During Solo Trip

A Pomona College associate professor was found dead this week in Kings Canyon National Park days after he disappeared following a solo wilderness trip, officials said.

Alfred Kwok is seen in a photo released by Pomona College on Sept. 22, 2016.

Alfred Kwok is seen in a photo released by Pomona College on Sept. 22, 2016.

A helicopter spotted the body of Alfred Kwok, 50, of Claremont on Tuesday on the upper southwest face of the rugged Deerhorn Mountain, which he had planned to climb during his excursion, according to the park. The next day, rescuers recovered his body. Kwok’s cause of death is under investigation.

Kwok was reported missing Tuesday after he failed to return Sunday from his trip. Kwok had a wilderness permit and planned to hike from Onion Valley in Inyo National Forest through Kearsarge Pass to enter Kings Canyon National Park.

From there, Kwok planned to climb the 13,270-foot alpine peak and return the same way.

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