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Autopsy Shows Michele Yu Fell To Her Death On Mt. Baldy

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Michelle Yu (Photo courtesy the Yu family)


Michelle Yu (Photo courtesy the Yu family)
A coroner’s investigator said Saturday that Michele Yu, the 49-year-old Venice woman who disappeared hiking last weekend, fell to her death while climbing Mt. Baldy, L.A. County's highest mountain.On Thursday a helicopter crew recovered Yu's body from "a steep, ice-covered slope more than 2,100 feet below the summit of Mount Baldy" reports CBS Local. An autopsy on Friday revealed that the experienced mountaineer's death was caused by "multiple blunt injuries suffered in a fall while hiking."

Yu had been hiking Baldy Peak with a 40-pounds of rocks on her back as training for an upcoming, extreme hike in the Andes Mountains. Search-and-rescue crews speculated that poor weather conditions on the mountain may have disoriented the hiker causing her to lose footing or take a wrong turn causing her fall.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Yu's body was located at an elevation of 7,900 feet on a remote and treacherous spot on the north side of the mountain.