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Body of Missing 76-Year-Old Hiker Retrieved From Angeles National Forest

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The body of 76-year-old Henry "Dick" DeRusha has been retrieved from Angeles National Forest, reports ABC7. The hiker was first reported missing on Monday by his son, when he determined his elderly father had not come back from the excursion he'd begun on Friday."DeRusha has been a progressive activist in the Echo Park and Silver Lake areas for decades," notes Altadena Patch. "His Facebook page describes him as a retired shop teacher, nightclub manager, printer and photographer. He was also sailor who had taken his boat on long solo ocean voyages."

DeRusha's wife, Bea, attested that her husband suffered from a heart condition, and that he'd packed enough food to last only the duration of his hike, a trek she described as "experimental." His route began at the Switzer Falls campground near Mount Wilson.

The hiker's body was discovered Monday, but crews needed to wait until daylight Tuesday to recover the remains.