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19-year-old hiker found dead of possible heat stroke

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Cedar Creek Falls, San Diego County

San Diego County responders were unable to save a 19-year-old woman found unconscious with signs of possible heat stroke on a hiking trail near Cedar Creek Falls on Monday.

Deputies say they've responded to a number of distress calls from hikers in recent days as Southern California sweats out the summer's first heat wave.

Elevated temperatures and increased humidity will create potentially hazardous conditions through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The heaviest heat is expected to hit lower desert areas with highs nearing 120 degrees.

Excessive Heat Warnings and Advisories remain in effect for Los Angeles/Oxnard and other portions of Southern California. 


Body seen in unstable mud cave may be missing student

Anza Borrego Desert State Park caves

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Anza Borrego Desert State Park

A body seen on camera inside a deep mud cave in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park may be the remains of a UCSD student who disappeared while hiking on Easter, reports U-T San Diego.

The family of missing Guillermo Pino lowered a camera into the cave as part of their continued search for 24-year-old. Authorities, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, looked for days without finding him.

Pino had no shoes, no water and was not carrying a cell phone when he went missing during a family outing on April 8. He reportedly been exploring caves in an area called Arroyo Tapiado in San Diego County. 

The L.A. County Sheriff's mine rescue team was consulted to help San Diego County Sheriff's Department officials in recovering the body, says the L.A. Times.

A state geologist deemed the mud unstable and dangerous on Monday, suspending the attempt by the sheriff's department to recover the body, notes the Times.