A hiker reported missing over the weekend has been found dead on Mt. Baldy by a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department helicopter crew.
The hiker was identified as Xiangfeng Ma, 41, of Anaheim, according to a sheriff’s statement cited by the Orange County Register Tuesday. There was no immediate word on the cause of death.
Deputies from the Fontana station went to Mt. Baldy about 6 p.m. Saturday after getting a report of a hiker who went on a morning hike and had not returned. The person who made the report did not know what trailhead the hiker planned to use.
Deputies found the missing hiker’ vehicle parked at Mt. Baldy and San Antonio Falls roads. More than 40 sheriff’s search and rescue members were deployed, searching trailheads near the area where the vehicle was found. But bad weather kept a helicopter crew from helping with an aerial search.
A request was made for additional search teams from surrounding counties. And a break in the weather Monday morning enabled a helicopter crew to aid in the search. The flight crew found foot tracks in the area of Devils Backbone Road shortly after 8:30 a.m., the sheriff’s statement stated. Crew members followed the tracks down the slope of the mountain and found a body near a stream.
—City News Service
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