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Body on Mt. Baldy confirmed as missing hiker

Missing hiker, Michelle Yu, is shown in an undated photo. Yu went missing Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 after going hiking on Mt. Baldy.

December 10, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The coroner's office has confirmed the body retrieved from Mt. Baldy is that of a missing hiker from Venice.Michelle Yu's body was located Wednesday in an icy, snowy area called Fish Forks at about 8,000 feet up the mountain.

Treacherous conditions forced crews to wait until Thursday morning to remove the body by helicopter.

Yu, 49, described by friends as an experienced hiker, went into the area Saturday for a day hike.

Officials said it appears she fell about 1,000 feet from a trail.