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Remains of missing Santa Barbara teen found in Yosemite National Park

The body of 18-year-old Gerardo Cruz Hernandez was found Tuesday in Yosemite National Park.
The body of 18-year-old Gerardo Cruz Hernandez was found Tuesday in Yosemite National Park.

The search for an 18-year-old Santa Barbara man reported missing in Yosemite National Park has come to a sad ending.

The body of Gerardo Cruz Hernandez was located as darkness fell Tuesday, near where his vehicle was found Nov. 22, said Scott Gediman, a Yosemite spokesman.

Hernandez’s remains were recovered Wednesday morning and were being turned over to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office, which will perform an autopsy, Gediman said.

There was no obvious cause of death, Gediman said, adding that foul play was not suspected.

Hernandez was last seen the morning of Nov. 22 in Santa Barbara, and the National Park Service said his vehicle was found that night at Glacier Point, which overlooks the Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and Yosemite Falls.

Results of the investigation into Hernandez’s death are not expected for a couple weeks, Gediman said.

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