78-year-old hiker found dead on Southern California mountain

MOUNT BALDY, Calif. (AP) — Searchers have found the body of a 78-year-old man who vanished while climbing Mount Baldy northeast of Los Angeles.           

Seuk "Sam" Kim had hiked to the top of the 10,000-foot peak more than 700 times before he went missing last week. His car was found near a trailhead.

Coroner's officials on Wednesday confirmed that the body retrieved a day earlier on the north side of the mountain is Kim's.           

It rained on the mountain over the weekend and temperatures dropped to the 30s at night.           

But sheriff's officials say Kim, of Culver City, was an experienced hiker who carried food, water and appropriate clothing.           

The cause of his death is under investigation.


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