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Hiker dies after falling off Altadena mountain trail

Hiker dies after falling off Altadena mountain trail
The snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains in 2006. (Glenn Koenig/ Los Angeles Times / Los Angeles Times)

A hiker was found dead late Wednesday after he apparently fell off a winding trail in the San Gabriel Mountains in Altadena.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office identified the hiker as Lee Tracy, 71, of Altadena.

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Firefighters found his body 10 feet off the Sam Merrill Trail, said Capt. Keith Mora of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The five-mile path leads to Echo Mountain in the Angeles National Forest.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Irma Chevalier told the Associated Press that Tracy was hiking with a friend when he apparently tripped and fell. His friend notified authorities, she said.

The Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau is investigating Tracy's death.

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