Timothy Nolan, a 36-year-old backpacker from Orange County, was found dead in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday during an extensive search effort.
Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman said Nolan planned a solo trip through the park from Sept. 4 through Sept. 9, but he never returned from the hike. His last contact with his family was on Sept. 1.
Gediman said the park used dogs, helicopters and search and rescue teams from Sept. 10 through Wednesday to try and find Nolan. Rangers also hung posters with Nolan’s picture around the park. He was eventually spotted off of a well-traveled trail in the High Sierra Camp Loop.
Investigators are working to determine a cause of death. Nolan’s body will eventually be released to the Mariposa County Coroner’s Office for autopsy, Gediman said.
Nolan is the third man found dead in the park this month.
The body of Matthew Baldwin, a 24-year-old University of Nevada, Reno student, was found on Sept. 6.
James Michael Millett Jr., 39, was found dead on Sept. 2 after a three-week search for the missing hiker.