Authorities Extricate Man’s Body Found by Hiker in San Gabriel Canyon

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A search-and-rescue team extricated a man’s body from San Gabriel Canyon on Sunday, a day after it was found by a hiker in the area of the Angeles National Forest above San Dimas, authorities said.

Los Angeles County sheriff's vehicles are seen in the Angeles National Forest above San Dimas after a man's body was discovered on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (Credit: RMG News)

Los Angeles County sheriff’s vehicles are seen in the Angeles National Forest above San Dimas after a man’s body was discovered on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (Credit: RMG News)

The grim discovery was reported Saturday by a person who had been hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team was activated after a sheriff’s helicopter team responded to Prairie Fork Road, just south of the Bridge to Nowhere (map), and confirmed the caller’s report.

Because the corpse was covered with mud and debris, however, the extrication was initially delayed, the news release said.

On Sunday morning, the helicopter team airlifted sheriff’s homicide investigators and L.A. County coroner’s officials to the scene, the LASD said, adding that the body was removed from the area in the early afternoon.

The deceased man had not been identified as of Sunday evening, according to authorities. Coroner’s officials were expected to determine the cause of death.

Anyone with information was asked to call the sheriff’s San Dimas station at 909-450-2700, or the agency’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

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