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Teacher's body found in Angeles National Forest

September 26, 2010 |  7:23 pm

Rigoberto Ruelas A Southern California elementary school teacher missing for a week has been found dead at the bottom of a bridge in the Angeles National Forest.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that a search-and-rescue team was on training exercises Sunday near Big Tujunga Canyon when they found an abandoned vehicle connected to 39-year-old Rigoberto Ruelas.

They searched the area and found Ruelas' body 100 feet below a nearby bridge.

Ruelas was a teacher at Miramonte Elementary School in South Gate. He had arranged to have a substitute teacher Monday and Tuesday, but didn't show up for work Wednesday.

Los Angeles County coroner's officials reached by phone said they have not determined a cause of death.

-- Associated Press

Photo: South Gate Police Department