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Body in Anza-Borrego cave may be lost San Diego student

May 8, 2012 |  9:34 am

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has asked the L.A. County Sheriff's mine rescue team for help recovering a body from a deep cave in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

The San Diego department has "exhausted all other options" in recovering what family members believe is the body of UC San Diego student Guillermo Pino, officials said. The 24-year-old was reported missing April 8 while exploring caves in an area called Arroyo Tapiado during a family outing.

A massive search of the region was unsuccessful, but on Saturday a private investigator hired by the family lowered a video camera into the cave and captured images that appear to show Pino.

The sheriff's department attempted Monday to recover the body but suspended the operation as too dangerous after a state geologist said the mud was unstable.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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