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Rescue teams search for woman who vanished during Mt. Baldy hike

December 6, 2010 |  9:14 pm

Search-and-rescue teams continued to search Monday for a 49-year-old woman who went missing over the weekend after setting out to hike Mt. Baldy in the Angeles National Forest.

On Saturday, Michelle Yu signed the log book at the Sierra Hut trail head about 8:30 a.m. and planned to hike to Baldy Peak and then walk to Baldy Notch, where she would take the ski lift back down the mountain, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

When she failed to return home the next day, her roommate reported her missing.

U.S. Forest Service officials found Yu’s vehicle near the intersection of Mt. Baldy and Falls roads, and a search was launched that lasted throughout the night. An air rescue helicopter was grounded when weather conditions led to decreased visibility.

About 35 search-and-rescue volunteers from San Bernardino, Los Angeles and San Diego counties continued Monday to comb the area for Yu, who was described as an experienced hiker.

Authorities said she was training for an upcoming competitive hike and frequently visited Mt. Baldy. Sheriff’s deputies believe she was dressed appropriately for the weather and had food and water.

Anyone with information about Yu and her whereabouts is asked to call the San Bernardino County Sheriff at (909) 387-8313.

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-- Corina Knoll

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