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Search and Rescue Team Finds Dead Body in Canyon

The team had been scouting for training locations between Calabasas and Malibu when the vehicle was spotted about 150 feet down in a canyon off Mulholland Road.

A woman's body was found near a car in a canyon below Calabasas Sunday, Sept. 2 during a search and rescue training session, sheriff's officials announced Saturday.

The body was found around 12:30 p.m. Sunday off Mulholland Highway, about two miles east of Las Virgenes Road, said Reserve Sgt. David Katz of the Malibu Search and Rescue Team at the Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff's station.

Officials scouting locations for upcoming training exercises last weekend noticed an overturned sport utility vehicle resting on its roof, Katz said.

"When they investigated further they discovered the body of a woman, who appeared to be the driver," according to Katz.

Her body, which had been thrown from the car, was found in the brush nearby.

Investigators believe the vehicle belonged to the woman and that she had been living in it, Katz said.

Tire marks at the scene showed the vehicle sped off the road and was launched about 150 feet into the canyon below.

The vehicle was spotted during a search and rescue training session in the area. The crash likely occurred in July, according to the sheriff's department.

Sheriff's search and rescue officials used their team's hydraulic truck and winch system to hoist the body from the canyon after the coroner's initial investigation was complete.

-City News Service contributed to this report.

Nancy Rosenquist September 09, 2012 at 10:46 PM
If this woman found truly was living in her vehicle, what kind of testimony to the acts and actions of people in general nowadays? This woman went missing in JULY! No one noticed her disappearance? There are many people living off the grid and in vehicles here in our Malibu neighborhood... We see them everyday as we go about our own busy lives. If a 'busy' person takes just that moment of time to notice that 'the beach guy isn't picking up cans' or the 'lady in the compact station wagon' hasn't been see for a few days...(to my knowledge these two are ok right now)... But, take just a few moments to care and question why 'your neighbor' might not be sticking to long standing daily patterns! We're supposed to all be in this 'life thing' together! Prayers to the lady...

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