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RAW: Missing local man, Matthew Mooney, found dead late Thursday afternoon after falling 30 feet

August 23, 2013

Matthew Mooney

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 Sheriff’s Dispatch was notified of an overdue hiker, according to the sheriff's department.

Mooney’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.

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