A body found in the Santa Monica Mountains is believed to be that of a 65-year-old hiker who had been missing for five days.
Clyde Miller, a Newbury Park resident and avid hiker, was last seen in Thousand Oaks on Saturday, June 17, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. Officials from several agencies continued to search for Miller Friday.
About 5:30 p.m. the body of a man fitting Miller's description was found. Officials hoisted the body out of the ravine where he was found about 6:10 p.m. and the man was pronounced dead, Sgt. Kevin Donoghue said.
Officials believe the deceased man is Miller, but positive identification will be made coroner's officials.
The investigation into the person's death is ongoing, but no foul play is suspected.
On Thursday, Miller's silver Ford Mustang was found close to a trailhead at Triunfo Creek Park in Westlake Village. He had been reporting missing that morning, prompting a search that led to the trailhead, Ventura sheriff's Capt. Garo Kuredjian said.
In the time that Miller has been missing, the area has seen extreme heat – just one of several “risk factors” the hiker could have faced, sheriff’s Deputy Chris Dyer said. There are also rattlesnakes “running rampant” and places to fall and get injured, the deputy said.
Miller's car was found in the area of Triunfo Canyon and Lindero Canyon roads. The search effort was based at the head of the Pentachaeta Trail, which leads to many more trails within the Santa Monica Mountains, Dyer said.
About 50 volunteer searchers from Los Angeles and Ventura counties are working Friday, including searchers on horseback and in the air via helicopter. Dogs will also be used. Searchers plan to focus on Triunfo and Lobo canyons.
Miller is believed to be familiar with the trails in the area, the captain said.
During the heat wave, authorities advise hikers to bring lots of water, hike with a companion and have a cellphone.