Hiker Found Dead Near Circle X Ranch in Malibu

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A 72 year-old woman was found dead in the Santa Monica Mountains on Tuesday after becoming separated from her hiking group.

Captain Eric Hatlee of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said a call came in around 2:35 p.m. from a group of hikers at 12896 Yerba Buena Rd. near Circle X Ranch, who said the woman had been missing for two hours.

A passerby spotted the woman’s body a few hours later. Responding deputies attempted CPR, but she was soon pronounced dead at the scene.

The VC Star is reporting initial reports suggest the woman died from a heat-related illness. MM

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