(LOS ANGELES) — The body of a missing off-duty firefighter has been found after a 10-days search in Ventura County, Calif.
Mike Herdman was reported missing during a camping trip in the remote Los Padres National Forest. He allegedly vanished after going after his dog in the dark, barefoot, and wearing only a t-shirt and shorts.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says searchers spotted Herdman’s body Friday from the air, and crews eventually reached the location.
“It was difficult for them to get there,” Dean said. “It was incredibly rough terrain, and even when they got close, the body was camouflaged within the terrain itself.”
Dean added, “I was actually very, very surprised when they showed me the photograph and told me where it was, and how high the mountain it was, I was shocked. Nobody would have imagined that he was able to travel that far.”
Herdman’s body was reportedly found under a 200-foot cliff. Officials say he may have fallen, but his cause of death has not yet been determined.
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