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Body of hiker found in Angeles National Forest

March 5, 2012 |  8:05 pm

Rescue crews Monday night were trying to recover the body of a 76-year-old man who had gone hiking in rugged terrain in the Angeles National Forest.

The name of the man was not released because relatives had not been notified, said Sgt. Pauline Panis of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

[Updated 8:45 p.m.: The hiker was identified as Henry Richard Derusha, Panis said.]

She said the victim was found about 4:25 p.m. between Switzer Falls Campground and Bear Junction.

"They're trying to the get the body out," Panis told The Times.

She said the recovery might have to wait until Tuesday morning because it was too dark for a rescue helicopter to operate in the area.

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