Body of Missing Hiker Found in Inyo National Forest

Local search experts helped find the body of Thomas Heng, the 31-year-old missing hiker from San Rafael.

The body of Thomas Heng, 31, was found and positively identified Wednesday in the Inyo National Forest, according to the National Park Service

The San Rafael resident was last seen at approximately 13,000 feet near Mount Langley at 1 p.m. Sunday, according to Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks conducted g a search-and-rescue operation in and around Mount Langley--about 14,042 feet--in the Inyo National Forest and Sequoia National Park. 

Local search and rescue teams, including Sierra Madre, Montrose and Sheriff's Department deputies participated in the search.

The Inyo County Sheriff's Department notified Sequoia and Kings National Park of the missing hiker about 5:45 p.m. Monday. By noon Tuesday, Sequoia and Kings National Parks' had 20 people searching and one helicopter. An additional helicopter and related staff from Yosemite National Park also joined the search. 

The incident remains under investigation, officials said. 


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »