Mountain Biker Found Dead in Cleveland National Forest

Story is updated with victim's hometown:

A mountain biker reported lost on Saturday was found dead this morning in an Orange County portion of the Cleveland National Forest, according to Sheriff's authorities.

Andres Marin, 34, of Corona left about 7 a.m. Saturday on an 18-mile bike ride at the Skyline Trailhead, which is located in Corona and leads into the Cleveland Nation Forest. About 5:30 p.m., according to police, Marin telephoned home and said he was lost, but would try to make it down the hill before it got dark. Further communication with the biker was lost. About 6 p.m., a search for Marin was initiated and continued through the night.

Due to extremely poor weather, rough terrain and unsafe conditions, rescue teams were not able to make it to the Skyline Trail. The weather also prohibited the use of helicopters. A deputy was positioned at the Skyline Trailhead, and others patrolled other trailheads throughout the evening. During the night, search teams were organized and plans were made for an early morning search.

Search teams from the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit, Desert Search and Rescue, Sheriff’s Off-highway Vehicle Enforcement Team and Sheriff’s Aviation were sent to assigned search areas. The search teams were managed by the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team and assisted by the United States Forest Service.

At about 10 a.m. today, Marin's body was located on the North Main Divide Road. A short time later, the Riverside County Coroner arrived and took over the investigation. The cause of death is pending, but there were no signs of foul play.


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