Body of Missing Hiker Recovered From Crevice
One month after first going missing, the body of a 24-year-old hiker who disappeared while exploring the Arroyo Tapiado mud caves near San Diego has been recovered.
An attempt by a cave rescue team on Monday was unsuccessful in recovering the body from the 18 meter (60 foot) deep crevice.
Tuesday a specialized mine rescue team from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department were called in and the body was eventually extricated around 8:30 p.m.
Guillermo Piño went missing on April 8th, 2012 after telling the hiking group he was with that he wanted to rest his feet and enjoy the view of the desert. In the month following, family members and rescuers searched the many caves, tunnels and gorges around Arroyo Tapiado in hopes of finding him alive.
The body was found over the weekend when a brother-in-law discovered images of what appeared to be Piño’s body on a camera lowered into the crevice.
The body has been taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office to make official identification and determine the cause of death.