Body found on Calif. mountain, hiker search stops

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Updated: 8/20/2014 10:47 pm

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they have found a body high on a mountain in California's Kings Canyon National Park.

A National Park Service statement says the body found Wednesday has not been identified, but a search in the area has been suspended for 46-year-old Gregory Muck, a San Francisco Bay Area teacher who went missing while hiking.

The statement says the body was found in the afternoon at an elevation of about 12,000 feet on Mount Gardiner, and park staffers were working to recover it.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Muck, an experienced hiker and backpacker from Santa Cruz who teaches in Fremont, entered the park Aug. 10 and was supposed to exit on Sunday, a week later. His wife reported him missing after he failed to appear as planned.

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