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Hiker finds dead body on South Mountain in Phoenix

(South Mountain Environmental Education Center/Facebook Photo)

PHOENIX — Authorities in Phoenix recovered a dead body Wednesday after a hiker found it on South Mountain.

The hiker found the dead man on the Geronimo Trail, near 21st Street and Beth Drive, according to police. Crews then airlifted the body from the mountain.

Police identified the man Thursday as 35-year-old Douglas Hertel. His father had filed a missing person report for him on Jan. 11.

The body appeared to have been on the mountain several days before it was discovered, police said.

Police said the cause of death was unknown and the investigation was ongoing.

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