Hiker's body reccovered from icy Calif. mountain

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The Los Angeles County Coroner and Sheriff's deputies are shown Thursday Dec. 9, 2010 at a staging area where officials are working to recover the remains of a hiker, believed to be 49-year-old Michelle Yu, whose body was discovered Wednesday on Mount Baldy, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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The Los Angeles County Coroner and Sheriff's deputies are shown Thursday Dec. 9, 2010 at a staging area …

Los Angeles County officials have retrieved the body of a woman who apparently died in a fall on an icy Southern California mountainside.

Coroner's Capt. John Kades (KAY'-dis) says a helicopter recovered the body of 49-year-old Michelle Yu from Mount Baldy on Thursday morning.

Yu lived in the Venice area of Los Angeles. She was an experienced hiker who failed to return from a day trip Saturday.

Kades says an autopsy will confirm the cause of death but it appears she fell up to 1,000 feet from a trail.

Her body was discovered Wednesday in an icy, snowy area called Fish Forks nearly 8,000 feet up the mountain. However, it was too icy and slippery and treacherous to bring out her body by ground.

Coroner's officials confirmed Yu's identity Thursday.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

MOUNT BALDY VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities suspect a woman whose body was found on an icy Southern California mountainside may have plunged to her death.

Los Angeles County sheriff's crews plan to retrieve the body from Mount Baldy on Thursday morning. It was spotted by a helicopter rescue crew a day earlier in a 7,900-foot-high area known as Fish Fork. However, it was too slippery and treacherous to bring out the body by ground.

Based on clothing, authorities believe the woman is 49-year-old Michelle Yu, an experienced day hiker who failed to return Saturday. She signed a trail register indicating that she planned to reach the summit.

But sheriff's Sgt. Michael Thomas says it appears the woman may have fallen some 2,100 feet to her death.

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