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Two bodies found in mountains after multi-week searches

August 10, 2012

A body found on Norman Clyde Peak this week is believed to belong to the man at the center of the second massive search effort in the Sierra backcountry in as many weeks.

Officials are currently working to identify the body located by search crews Wednesday night in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, but the remains are believed to be those of Gary Dankworth, 60, a physician from Carson City.

Dankworth was reported missing Sunday, Aug. 5.

Wrapping up another case of a missing hiker from late July, Inyo County Deputy Coroner Jeff Mullenhour said he did identify the body of a hiker that was discovered last week as Thomas Heng, 31, of San Rafael.

Mullenhour said the cause of death was “multiple traumatic fractures and hemorrhages from a mountain hiking accident.”

Heng was reported missing July 22, when he failed to return from a solo ascent of Mt. Langley.

Source: Inyo County Sheriff ’s Department.

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