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Body of Santa Ana College baseball player James Wernke is found

December 15, 2009 | 12:41 pm

KTLA is reporting that police say they have found the body of a 21-year-old Santa Ana college baseball player who disappeared Saturday while taking his girlfriend's dog for a walk. According to the KTLA report:

The body of James Wernke was found this morning near a creek bed in Fullerton. There is no word on how he died.

Wernke was last seen around 2 p.m. Saturday when he set off with his girlfriend's 2-year-old Labrador retriever Kealie. It was raining and, family members believe, he was clad only in shorts, a T-shirt and possibly flip-flops.

Police were told that Wernke returned to the house shortly after leaving and then took off again around 2:15 p.m., presumably with Kealie. Sheri Wernke said the bloodhounds tracked them to a 7-11 store about a mile away before losing the scent along a major road.

Police checked the tapes from video surveillance cameras at the 7-11, but they did not yield any leads. Wernke was a sophomore at Santa Ana College. According to the school's website, he was a nursing major and pitched for the college's baseball team.

-- Houston Mitchell

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