Body believed to be missing hiker found
A body may have been discovered in an area of
canyons, crevices and caves in East County where a UCSD psychology student
disappeared nearly a month ago.
Sheriff's deputies and search and rescue units were called out to
the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on a report that a body was found in the
Arroyo Tapiado area. That's where Guillermo Pino went missing while hiking
nearly a month ago, officials said.
The website findpinojr.com reported Pino's body was discovered about 5
p.m. Saturday in “Hidden Cave,” the area he was last seen April 8. He
disappeared after telling the hiking group he wanted to rest his feet and enjoy
the view of the desert, according to the website.
Pino, 24, had been rope climbing and exploring the Arroyo Tapiado area
of the expansive park while exploring caves with his family, according to San
Diego County sheriff's officials. Since then, searchers have worked their way
through desert caves, tunnels and gorges in hopes of finding Pino alive.
Pino had no known medical conditions was described as a fairly
experienced hiker, although at the time of his disappearance he was exploring
the rugged territory without shoes, water, food, a flashlight or a cell phone,
sheriff's officials said.
Arroyo Tapiado is a popular recreation area, made up of mud caves and
other unusual formations, about midway between Scissors Crossing and Ocotillo
in the arid East County.