Coroner: Hypothermia Cause of Hiker’s Death

Photo courtesy Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
More than 80 volunteers were involved in the search operation for Glendale hiker Narineh Avakian last week. Her body was located in the Angeles National Forest last Saturday.
Narineh Avakian

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner ruled this week that Narineh Avakian died from hypothermia and environmental exposure sometime after embarking on a solo hiking trip in the Angeles National Forest two Sundays ago.
The coroner also ruled the manner of Avakian’s death to be accidental. Although it remains unclear when she died, the 37-year-old Glendale woman’s body was located Saturday, March 13, off the Mt. Waterman Trail in the Angeles National Forest, north of La Canada Flintridge. Teams had been searching the area since Thursday last week, when her car was finally located parked at the Buckhorn Day Use Area just off Angeles Crest Highway. She’d been reported missing by her family on Monday, March 8.

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