MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities recovered the body of a 56-year-old woman who died after getting lost in a snowstorm during a hiking trip on Mount Shasta.

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The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department says the unidentified woman and her 53-year-old hiking companion, John Vajo, embarked on a three-day trip on Sunday, June 26.

 

Officials say the two got lost in a snowstorm on Tuesday, June 28 as night fell, and took shelter in a tree well.

 

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Vajo told authorities that the woman complained of blurred vision, exhaustion and disorientation, and stopped breathing at about 10 p.m. that night.

 

Vajo hiked 4.5-miles out the next morning to his vehicle, and drove until he found road workers, who summoned authorities.

 

Search and rescue crews had the body removed by helicopter. Results of an autopsy are pending.

 

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