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UPDATE: Cal Poly student found on Cerro San Luis killed himself, investigators say

Cal Poly student Charles Tamae, whose body was found on Cerro San Luis this afternoon, killed himself, San Luis Obispo police said this afternoon.

The San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly police departments, along with the Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue, began searching the mountain after Tamae’s bicycle was found at the end of Serrano Heights, where there is trailhead for hikers.

An initial investigation found that the 20-year-old student killed himself, San Luis Obispo police said.

A CHP helicopter was also involved in the search late Friday morning and into Friday afternoon. Tamae’s body was located with the help of search dogs.

Tamae was a landscape architecture major at Cal Poly. He had been missing since Monday, and his roommate reported him missing to police on Wednesday.

Police report that there was no evidence of foul play found at the scene.

Cerro San Luis is the mountain that lies southwest of the intersection of Broad Street and Foothill Boulevard. Some people have named it Madonna Mountain, though that it is not its name, because of the large “M” on the east-facing side that is repainted every year by Mission College Prep freshmen.

CORRECTION: The official name of the mountain where Tamae's body was found is Cerro San Luis Obispo, according to the U.S. Geological Service.

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