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

(credit: CBS)

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

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Comments (6)
  1. Mary says:

    To his sister whom held on to faith – I am so sorry for your loss. I am at a loss for words. 😦

  2. Roger says:

    To the family and friends, stay strong and enjoy life I’m pretty sure thats what Joe wants.

  3. warrk21 says:

    Please go to departedngone and Let The World Know that we have lost a Good Life.
    Departed N Gone

  4. Claudia says:

    Even do I didn’t know Joe this story makes me sad I will be praying for his family !!!

  5. Christopher Keller says:

    I am sorry to hear of this. I have been many times to Camp Williams and have eaten at the cafe there. I will always remember the tragic loss of this man’s life when I go there and drive on the Glendora Ridge Road. I am sure that Mr. Le was a good and decent human being, and that people will miss him.

  6. Shawn Smith says:

    I just wish I could of grabbed him as he went by me… It was just to dangers. I have a son that is 22 and it kills me inside to know someone lost there son.

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