78-year-old hiker found dead on Southern California mountain

Cheryl Sanders
April 13, 2017

The body was located about 2:10 p.m. Tuesday by a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department flight crew.

The investigation into Kim's death was being handled by the sheriff's San Dimas Station. He was reported missing by family on Sunday, April 9th.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Aviation Division also assisted in the search Monday.

Officials say they believe the body is Suek "Sam" Kim, who had gone for a hike on Friday but never returned home.

FILE - This Jan. 25, 2017 file photo shows a snow covered Mount Baldy, the highest peak among the San Gabriel Mountains behind downtown Los Angeles.

A body found on a California mountain Tuesday is believed to be a hiker who climbed to the peak more than 700 times, police said.

An air and ground search for an elderly hiker whos been missing on Mount Baldy appears to have ended.

Kim's ultimate goal was to take 1,000 trips up the 10,064-foot mountain by the end of this year.

Speaking to a Los Angeles Times reporter during a December ascent, Kim said: "I'm feeling God's embrace". He worked for years at a bank and later owned a convenience store.

The weather at the 4,000-foot level had been chilly, with daytime temperatures in the 50s and nights in the mid-30s, and there was some light precipitation over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

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