Mill Valley (California) - Marin County sheriff's deputies on Thursday recovered the body of a woman matching the description of a 50-year-old experienced hiker from Mill Valley who vanished after venturing up Mount Tamalpais the previous night.
The as-yet-unidentified victim appears to have plunged 40 to 50 feet down a mountainside drainage area, according to Marin County sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman. "She was located in a very steep and treacherous drainage," he said.
Crews found the body about 4:45 p.m., just over two hours after the missing woman's father came to the Mountain Home Inn, a mile east of Pantoll Ranger Station, and reported her missing. The father was summoned there when someone found the missing woman's dog and called the number on the tag.
Authorities later learned the woman had been hiking Wednesday night with a companion who planned to stay the night on the mountain. The victim decided to go back to her car, but she never made it back. Her father found her car in the parking lot, leading him to summon authorities.
Her identity must be confirmed by tests, Pittman said. He said the missing woman was "quite familiar with the mountain" and may have opted to go off the beaten path.
The disappearance bore some similarities to the tragic case of a woman who died after disappearing from the same area on March 30.
Magdalena Glinkowski, 33, left a note saying she was going on a hike; her car was found April 4.
Her body was found April 12, down a steep slope of a drainage area not far from where she was last seen and not far from where the second body was found.
Pittman said a determination on the cause of death awaits the results of toxicology tests and the process could take up to six weeks.