ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST ( — A man hiking in the Angeles National Forest on Saturday afternoon discovered a body covered in dirt and debris, about three and a half miles up a trail.

An investigation is underway to determine if the body is that of a hiker reported missing in the area.

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A hiker said he was on a trail Saturday afternoon when he came upon a man looking for his friend who was believed to have gone missing in the area. They later found the body in the course of their search.

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It’s unclear how long the body, which has not yet been identified, has been in the hills.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies on Sunday morning set up a command post near Prairie Fork Trail to investigate the incident. They were preparing on Sunday morning to recover the body.

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