Missing UCLA grad student found dead in John Muir Wilderness

INYO COUNTY (KABC) -- A UCLA graduate student who has been missing for weeks has been found dead in the John Muir Wilderness, Inyo County coroner's officials confirmed on Monday.

Michael David Meyers' body was found Friday at approximately 11,200 elevation, officials said.

Los Angeles police later confirmed some of Meyers' belongings were found in a recent avalanche debris field near Mr. Irvine.

The 25-year-old has been missing since he told friends on Nov. 5 that he was going hiking at Mount Russell in Inyo National Forest.

A statement issued from UCLA read in part: "UCLA was notified of this tragic loss by law enforcement in Inyo County this past weekend. We join together in offering our deepest condolences to all of Michael's family and friends. UCLA counseling resources are being offered to all of those impacted in our campus community."

Family members described Meyers as an experienced hiker.

An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death.
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