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Missing person found dead after helicopter search at Montaña de Oro

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Update (9:30 a.m. Friday):

A missing person was found dead following a Thursday night search at Montaña de Oro State Park, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

The search began about 4:24 p.m., and involved a search and rescue team and a California Highway Patrol helicopter. Crews focused their efforts on an area known as “Octopus Tree.”

No further details were immediately available.

Original story (8:01 p.m. Thursday):

A search for a missing person was underway into the night Thursday at Montaña de Oro State Park, after the person’s car was found in the area, officials said.

The identity of the missing person was not released as of Thursday night.

A San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s search and rescue team is being assisted by a California Highway Patrol helicopter at the park near Los Osos, according to Sheriff’s Watch Commander Michael Manuele.

Their search is focused on an area known as “Octopus Tree,” Manuele said.

Deputies were first called there at 4:24 p.m., he said.

This story will be updated as information becomes available.

Tribune staff writer Lindsey Holden contributed to this story.

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