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Body Of Missing Hiker Found On South Coast

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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
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The body of a missing hiker has been found in Ventura County.

A man disappeared in Ventura County on Tuesday.

The search for a missing hiker on the South Coast had a tragic ending.

James Ledbetter of Thousand Oaks went for a hike Tuesday night in the Lang Ranch area. When he failed to return home, his wife called the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.

A search was started with a search and rescue team, a K-9, deputies on horses and a helicopter. They failed to find any sign of him Tuesday night and Wednesday.

On Thursday morning, some hikers spotted the 60-year-old man's body just off of a trail.

Detectives believed he fell off the trail, and suffered a fatal head injury.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.