Terrible news this morning – a body was found near Mount Baldy yesterday – the same area where Venice hiker Michelle Yu went missing last weekend.

The body was found at about the 7900′ elevation mark in the icy Fish Fork drainage area northwest of Mount Baldy, which is extremely steep and rugged. Rescue crews spotted the body and confirmed it was deceased on Wednesday, but the terrain was too difficult for the crews to remove the body. It should be retrieved sometime today.

Although they have yet to receive positive identification, authorities believe the body is that of Ms. Yu. Identification and the exact cause of death will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

My heart goes out to Michelle’s friends, family, and fellow hikers in this difficult time.

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