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Search for missing Mt. Baldy hiker continues into third day

December 7, 2010 | 12:11 pm

  Search-and-rescue teams continued scouring the Angeles National Forest on Tuesday for a 49-year-old woman from Venice who went missing over the weekend after setting out to hike Mt. Baldy.

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

Her roommate reported her missing when she failed to return home the next day.

U.S. Forest Service officials found Yu’s vehicle near the intersection of Mt. Baldy and Falls roads.

Dozens of search-and-rescue volunteers from San Bernardino, Los Angeles and San Diego counties began at dawn Tuesday on the third day of searching 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's Department at (909) 387-8313.


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

-- Tony Barboza