BRIDGEPORT (AP) – Authorities say two women were killed while climbing an icy canyon on California’s Red Slate Mountain.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Office says a helicopter crew spotted the bodies Monday at an elevation of about 12,000 feet (3,650 meters).READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Are Relief Payments Bad For The Economy?
Because of high winds and steep terrain recovery efforts were delayed until the following day.
The sheriff’s office identified the climbers as 22-year-old Michelle Xue of Los Angeles and 34-year-old Jennifer Shedden of Mammoth Lakes, California.READ MORE: Federal Agencies Raid Roseville Home Of Former Sacramento Sheriff's Employee
Officials say the women, who were prepared and well-equipped, were likely struck by falling rocks on the peak in the Sierra above Convict Lake.
The search began after the pair didn’t return as planned on Sunday.MORE NEWS: Study: There Was No 'Mass Exodus' From California In 2020
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