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Missing woman found dead at bottom of steep forest canyon

February 20, 2012 |  5:15 pm

Authorities say a woman who was reported missing Sunday was found dead a day later after her car was located over the side of the steep Angeles Forest Highway.

The woman, whom authorities did not identify, was found dead at the scene of the crash about 8 a.m. Monday after Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies from Norwalk used a helicopter to trace the route and found a crashed vehicle that matched witnesses’ descriptions. Rescuers who were lowered to the crash site confirmed her death.

An investigation into the crash remained ongoing Monday, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Christian Cracraft.

The car went over the side of Angeles Forest Highway at Mt. Gleason Road, according to Sheriff’s Lt. Angela Shepherd at the Crescenta Valley sheriff's station, which responded to the crash site.

Although the cause had yet to be determined, Shepherd said officers at the scene are saying that it was an accident.

The site of the accident is about 14 miles north of the junction with Angeles Crest Highway.

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-- Daniel Siegal and Jason Wells, Times Community News

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