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Remains of missing hiker found on Southern California peak

Mountain Death California
Posted at 5:11 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 20:11:17-04

(AP) — Hikers have found the remains of a missing 52-year-old man on Mount Baldy in Southern California.

Sreenivas Mokkapati became separated from his group while hiking last December. The peak was blanketed in snow and overnight temperatures hovered near freezing the week he went missing.

The remains were discovered June 19th at an elevation of about 7,800 feet on Baldy’s northwest side. The medical examiner positively identified the remains to be Mokkapati.

Rescue crews scoured the mountain for days in December but the effort was suspended after a searcher fell to his death.