LAKESIDE, Calif. — The search for a man who went missing Monday while hiking in Lakeside has ended, authorities said.
On Tuesday around 8:45 a.m., crews found a man’s body in their search for a 34-year-old hiker near one of the hiking trails on El Cajon Mountain, Lt. Chris Katra with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.
The hiker was initially reported missing Monday after not returning from a hike on El Cajon Mountain, according to law enforcement.
“The man had started his hike around 9:00 a.m. and was expected to return to his family around 2:00 p.m. When the man did not return, his family contacted the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department,” Katra said.
Authorities deployed the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Unit, which included SAR volunteers and a helicopter unit, to search throughout the night.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine the identity of the man, as well as the cause and manner of his death.
In the last few weeks, there have been a couple notable deaths on San Diego county trails.
A 24-year-old mountain biker died in Jacumba while trying to help four hikers suffering from dehydration.
An 81-year-old man was found dead one mile into his hike in Rancho Bernardo, where authorities believed extreme heat played a factor.
El Cajon Mountain, where the latest hiker was found, and El Capitan trail in Lakeside share a main trail for several miles before it splits off.
Because of the difficulty and the dangerous summer heat, San Diego County closes the parking lot to these trails, as well as Mt. Gower and Hellhole Canyon Reserve for the entire month of August.
FOX 5’s Kasia Gregorczyk contributed to this story.