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Alan Hogenauer, 71, of Cerritos found dead in sweltering desert heat in Thousand Palms

Breaking NewsTHOUSAND PALMS — A professor from Cerritos has died in Thousand Palms over the weekend fter hiking in record-setting heat.

Alan Hogenauer, 71, of Cerritos had been out with his wife and son in the Coachella Valley Preserve when he apparently wandered away in the blistering heat.

It is being reported that family members called Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to report him missing at about 3:20 p.m. Saturday.

MyDesert.com said that “more than 60 rescuers from across Southern California joined the search, which included search dogs and a helicopter in areas that had weak cell phone signals, Ramos and Bruce Tappeiner with Desert Search and Rescue said. Three crews continued combing the area through the night in what crews called an exhaustive search.:

It appears that a rescue crew in the helicopter found his body shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday about a half-mile from the preserve’s visitor center.

Additional details will be provided by Hews Media Group-Community Newspaper during the next several days.

–Randy Economy

 

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