Robert Carey Jr., aged 33 years old, was found at the base of Big Falls waterfall, a popular spot near the peak, and rescuers determined that he died after falling about 80 feet, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.
Family members reported Carey missing on April 30 to the sheriff’s department and said he hadn’t returned from a hike on San Gorgonio Mountain. The family called Carey an experienced hiker but said he had never summited the 11,503-foot-tall peak, the tallest mountain in Southern California.
The body of a California man reported missing after not returning from a hike to the top of San Gorgonio Peak was recovered in the San Bernardino National Forest, officials said May 2nd.
Carey’s mother, Bonnie Phillips, told NBC News that her son texted her before he took off for the hike but her greatest disappointment, Her son is dead. RIP Carey!