Body found in national park may be missing San Rafael woman
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks —
Searchers have found a body in Sequioa National Park near where they had been looking for a missing San Rafael woman, park officials said Saturday.
National Park Service spokesman Matt Fagan said officials have temporarily suspended the search for Johnnie Jean Daniel until the body can be identified.
The 65-year-old San Rafael woman has missing in the park since Friday night.
Johnnie Jean Daniel, an experienced hiker, was overdue on a hike in the Sawtooth Trail, Franklin Lakes, Crystal Lakes and Monarch Lakes area.
Fagan said the body was discovered about 1,000 feet above Monarch Lake.
Officials believe she started her hike Sunday from the Cold Springs Campground in Mineral King, which is in the southern portion of the Sierra Nevada mountains. < p/> Parks employees were notified by a family member Thursday morning that Daniel had been expected back home Monday.
Forty people from the parks, Tulare County Sheriff's Office and Yosemite Search and Rescue searched for her Friday in the areas she'd planned to visit. < p/> The effort included 11 ground search teams of two to three people per team, a helicopter and three search dogs.
Parks officials said the conditions in the area were challenging with elevations of 8,000 feet to 13,000 feet and temperatures of 50 degrees during the day and 30 degrees at night.
Officials described Daniel as blonde, 5-foot-2 and 125 to 135 pounds. She has scars on her upper arms and chin and a ladybug tattoo on one ankle.
She has been an attendance clerk at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley since 1999, according to the Tamalpais Union High School District.
Anyone with information is asked to call park officials at 888-677-2746.
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