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Body recovered from Sequoia National Park

Aug. 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

PORTERVILLE, Calif., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Officials recovered a body, possibly that of a missing hiker, from the Mineral King area of California's Sequoia National Park, the National Park Service said.

The body was found about 1,000 feet above Monarch Lake on Saturday, near where rescue crews had been looking for Johnnie Jean Daniel, 65, who went missing Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The search for Daniel has been suspended pending identification of the body, said National Park Service spokesman Matt Fagan.

Daniel, of San Rafael, was reported missing after she failed to return home from a hike, Fagan said. Rescue crews employed three search dogs, a helicopter, and 11 ground search teams from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office and Yosemite Search and Rescue to look for Daniel.

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