Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sad to Hear
A long missing hiker has been found dead.
RIVERSIDE COUNTY – The remains of a missing Encinitas hiker have been discovered in a remote wilderness area near Hemet in Riverside County, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

Deborah Huglin, 54, of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea neighborhood, had been missing since March 17, when she was last seen near her pickup in a parking lot in the community of Mountain Center.

Search teams combed the surrounding wilderness for four days with no sign of her, finding only a few articles of her clothing, said the Riverside Sheriff's Office.

On Sunday, weeks after the search was called off, a group of hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail stumbled upon her remains at the base of Ansel Rock. The Riverside County Coroner's Bureau confirmed on Wednesday that the remains belonged to Huglin.

50 yards off the trail.

My condolences to her family and friends.

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