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Body in Big Tujunga Canyon identified as missing Bakersfield man

July 4, 2012 |  3:12 pm

The body of a man discovered last weekend by hikers at Vasquez Creek in Big Tujunga Canyon was identified Wednesday as a Bakersfield man who was reported missing more than two weeks ago, authorities said.

Ertug Ergun, a 33-year-old engineer from Turkey who worked in Bakersfield, was reported missing by his supervisor June 20. Ergun's car was found two days later at the base of a waterfall near the Stonyvale Picnic Site, a popular spot among hikers in Angeles National Forest.

It was hikers who had stumbled upon Ergun’s body June 30 and contacted the Crescenta Valley sheriff’s station.

On Monday, Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives placed a security hold on details surrounding the death of the man, whose body was found at the base of a waterfall in an area that is  difficult to reach and concealed by heavy brush. His body was recovered the next day.

The cause of death was still under investigation.


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