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Family of Hiker Michelle Yu Expresses Gratitude to Rescuers

Michelle Yu (Photo courtesy the Yu family)
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Earlier today a team of medics and a coroner from Los Angeles County hoisted the body believed to be that of missing hiker Michelle Yu from the Fish Fork area of Mount Baldy, according to LA Now. Although the woman's body's description and clothing match that of Yu, 49, an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow to make a positive identification and to determine cause of death.Yu, an experienced hiker, was trekking up Baldy Peak then walking to Baldy Notch, and had planned to take the ski lift down the hill. "Search-and-rescue crews have speculated that fog and otherwise poor conditions at the peak might have confused the hiker, causing her to take a wrong turn, slip and fall."

Following the discovery of the body, Yu's family issued a statement by email expressing gratitude to all those who helped in the search and recovery. "We cannot comprehend a world without our Michelle, but find some comfort in knowing that she left us while doing something she loved."

Their full statement follows.