The body of a hiker missing since 2003 may have been found in Yosemite National Park, the Sonora Union-Democrat is reporting.
The remains, believed to belong to Fred Claassen, a Livermore hiker who disappeared in August 2003, were found in a remote area near Whorl Mountain.
Yosemite spokeswoman Kari Cobb told the newspaper that the park is waiting for DNA testing to confirm the identity.
A Modesto Bee story from 2003 says that Claassen, 46, had planned a four-day solo backpacking trip from Twin Lakes, where authorities found his car. His route would have taken him through areas near Barney Lake, Crown Lake, Mule Pass, Burro Pass, Matterhorn Peak and Horse Creek. When he was first reported missing, search crews scoured the northeast area of Yosemite on foot and by helicopter.
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