Body of 75-year-old hiker found on Mount Whitney

Los Angeles Times
Hiker's body discovered days after reported missing in California park

The body of a missing 75-year-old hiker has been found on Mount Whitney in Sequoia National Park, Calif., officials said.

Dawson Johnson, a resident of Redwater, Texas, was believed to have fallen in a steep, rocky area during a solo hike between Guitar Lake and Mount Whitney on Tuesday, officials said. His remains were spotted by a helicopter on the mountain's northern slope and later delivered to the Tulare County coroner's office.

Johnson was reported missing by his wife Wednesday when he did not return as expected to Lower Crabtree Meadow from Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the continental United States.

Another hiker's remains on Mount Whitney were found in June. John Likely, 60, of Dumont, N.J., died after falling 50 feet into a steep chute near Mirror Lake. Authorities said they believe Likely saw the lake and tried to take a more direct route to his destination, Outpost Camp, before falling.

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