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Experienced hiker missing on Mt. Baldy

December 5, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A woman described as an experienced hiker went missing near Mt. Baldy Saturday.The San Bernardino Sheriff's Dept. received a call reporting the missing 51-year-old woman. The woman reportedly went to Mt. Baldy to hike Saturday and never returned.

The woman was described as an experienced hiker who went on day trips.

Authorities fear she may have fallen and injured herself.

The San Bernardino Sheriff's Dept. contacted the Forest Service. The woman's vehicle was located near Mt. Baldy and Falls roads.

Hikers in the area reported hearing someone shouting from a canyon at about 6 p.m. Sunday, but could not determine from exactly where.

A search-and-rescue team went looking for the woman and used a helicopter to scope the area.

Rain, snow and fog at the 8,000-foot level presented problems for the rescue team. Visibility was limited to less than 15 feet.

Four search sheriff's teams were expected to continue searching through the night.


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