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Body Found In Azusa Where Hiker Was Swept Away

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AZUSA (CBS/AP) — Authorities say they have found a man’s body in an area where a 20-year-old hiker was swept away after falling into a river in northeast Los Angeles County.

Sheriff’s Deputy Benjamin Grubb says a search-and-rescue crew on Sunday found the body of an adult Asian man in the Coyote Flats area of the Angeles National Forest.

Authorities cannot yet say whether the man they found is Joe Le, who fell into the frigid, swollen San Gabriel River near Azusa on Friday. The coroner’s office will attempt to identify him.

Le, of Anaheim, fell from a rope crossing and was swept away by waist-high waters.

Other hikers saw Le tumble down the river until they lost sight of him. Search teams found his backpack hours later.

river search Body Found In Azusa Where Hiker Was Swept Away

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For more information on Le and the call for prayers in his honor go to Joe Le’s Facebook page.

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