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THOUSAND PALMS (CBSLA.com) — Authorities said a missing 71-year-old hiker has been found dead.

The hiker, now identified as Alan Hogenauer, was reported missing Saturday afternoon in the Thousand Palms Canyon Preserve.

Sheriff’s deputies from the Palm Desert station were first told about the missing man around 3:20 Saturday.

Hogenauer was a professor at Loyola Marymount University in the College of Business Administration.

The school issued the following statement Sunday evening: “The entire Loyola Marymount University community is deeply saddened by the loss of Professor Alan Hogenauer. In his many years at LMU, he was loved and respected by his fellow faculty members, the staff and the many students whose lives he touched. He was a warm and generous teacher who eagerly shared his knowledge and experiences with everyone he met. He was a truly valued member of our community who will be greatly missed by all of us.”

Several rescue teams — including members from San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange counties — searched for Hogenauer in soaring and searing 120 degree heat, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Angel Ramos

A sheriff’s helicopter pilot spotted Hogenauer at 10 a.m. Sunday but officials pronounced him dead at the scene.

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