Missing California Hiker Found Dead Four Days After Vanishing In Search Of Water For His Girlfriend

The search for missing California hiker Tim Sgrignoli has come to an end, four days after he vanished after going to search for water for his girlfriend near Santa Barbara.

Police launched a huge search for the missing hiker after he vanished while looking for water
Police launched a huge search for the missing hiker after he vanished while looking for water

29-year-old Tim Sgrignoli, from Ventura, was out hiking in the Gaviota Park area with his girlfriend on Sunday in 110F (43C) heat when he went missing, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.


The intense heat resulted from a hot air dome over California over the weekend.


Mr Sgrignoli's girlfriend was rescued on Sunday and was showing signs of heat exhaustion, however, he remained missing for a further four days.


Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office launched a search for the missing man, and on Thursday they made a statement saying the body of the missing 29-year-old had been found.



Police confirmed that Mr Sgrignoli's body was discovered near highway 101, approximately 28 miles west of Santa Barbara in the Gaviota Park area, and that heat was "likely a contributing factor in his death".


The statement said: "The search for missing hiker, 29-year-old Tim Sgrignoli of Ventura ended at 9.29am today when he was found deceased between Tress Trail and Hwy 10.

"Cause and manner of death are pending. No foul play is suspected, heat is likely a contributing factor."

Helicopters, drones, search dogs, and more than 60 police officers were dispatched in the search for the missing hiker by the Ventura County and Santa Barbara Sheriff's offices.


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