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SEARCHERS FIND BODY OF HUNTER.

Byline: Patricia Farrell Aidem Daily News Staff Writer

Searchers found the body Monday afternoon of a Castaic deer hunter missing nearly two days after heading into a remote stretch of the Angeles National Forest.

The body of Richard Warren Evans, 38, was found about 200 feet up a mountainside in treacherous terrain in the forest north of Castaic, sheriff's officials said. Evans' hunting rifle was found by his side, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said.

Searchers aided by bloodhounds and a sheriff's helicopter scoured the forest area east of the Old Ridge Route and south of Highway 138 beginning at daylight Monday. Evans' wife had reported him missing Sunday evening, saying her husband was due home from deer hunting Saturday night, said sheriff's Lt. Daniel Castillo.

``He went into the mountains about 4 a.m. Saturday,'' Castillo said. ``We initiated the search at dawn.''

Four sheriff's deputies were joined by the station's volunteer search and rescue team as well as trained rescuers from the Antelope Valley and Lost Hills stations.

``They eventually located his pickup truck in an area of the national forest that is by Highway 138 and the Old Ridge Route Road,'' Castillo said. ``Once the vehicle was located, a search was begun from that start point.''

Rescuers planned to rig lighting into the remote locale to help homicide investigators and a deputy coroner in investigating the death.
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