According to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department, the missing local man, Matthew Mooney, last known to have contacted family on Tuesday, was found dead in a mountain rock chute above Tamarack Lake yesterday, Aug. 22.
Search and rescue (SAR) teams discovered his body; he is believed to have fallen approximately 30 feet.
SAR teams have been searching for Mooney since about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 after Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Dispatch was notified of an overdue hiker, according to the sheriff's department.
Mooneyâ€™s last communication came around noon on the 20th when he contacted family from Round Valley Peak and said he would be home in a couple of hours.
Agencies assisting in the search were Inyo County Search and Rescue, California Highway Patrol helicopter H-80 out of Apple Valley, Mono County Search and Rescue, and China Lake Mountain Rescue Group.