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Missing California firefighter found dead, officials say

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Updated: 6/27 8:10 pm

FILLMORE, Calif. (AP) — A California firefighter who disappeared during a backpacking trip has been found dead in the wilderness.

Ventura County sheriff's Capt. Don Aguilar said the body of 36-year-old Mike Herdman was found Friday in a rugged cliff area north of Fillmore, California.

Herdman and a friend were hiking in the Los Padres National Forest on June 13 when his dog ran off. The firefighter chased after his pet, named Duke, barefoot and wearing only shorts.

Search crews put in thousands of hours and scoured 50 square miles on foot, horseback and by air to find Herdman.

The dog was found Sunday in the parking lot where Herdman had parked his car.

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