Coroner: Northern California Hiker Died of Head Trauma

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California hiker whose body was found in the Sierra range after a two-day search died of massive head trauma.

Inyo County authorities say 31-year-old Thomas Heng of San Rafael suffered fractures and hemorrhaging. His body was found on July 25 in the John Muir Wilderness in Central California about 300 feet below a precipice.

Deputy Coroner's Investigator Jeff Mullenhour tells the Marin Independent Journal he does not know whether Heng fell directly from the precipice or was carried there.

There were no signs of foul play or a medical emergency such as a heart attack.

Heng had been hiking with a group of people before setting off on his own.


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