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Man found dead on Idyllwild trail below popular climbing rock

By in Press Enterprise on July 10, 2017

By Gail Wesson

A 51-year-old Newport Beach man was found dead on a trail below Tahquitz Rock, a popular rock climbing destination near Idyllwild Saturday, July 8, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department news release.

Deputies responded to Humber Park after receiving a 7:54 am. report of a deceased man, identified Sunday as George J. Wu. His body was found on the Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail near Humber Park in the mountain community.

No information was immediately available concerning the circumstances of Wu’s death but the news release stated an early investigation showed “Mr. Wu likely suffered traumatic injuries from a fall while climbing.”

A Riverside County sheriff/coroner’s news release stated the time of injury is unknown.

The sheriff’s aviation unit, coroner’s bureau and Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit assisted with recovery of Wu’s body.

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