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Body of Arcadia Firefighter Mike Herdman Has Been Found

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The body of Arcadia firefighter Mike Herdman has been found in the wilderness area north of Fillmore, where he went missing June 13 during a hiking trip, officials say.

To everyone connected to this case the search has been long and challenging. For family and friends it has been understandably agonizing.

The search covered a 58 square mile area, but, the focus was on about 6 square miles. It’s in that area where Duke has been spotted, but eluded capture.  Last Friday, a team from City of LA Animal Services was brought in to install a cage with bait to try and catch the dog Herdman has had for 3 years.

By all accounts, Herdman had backpacked in that same area several times and had lots of experience with this kind of terrain. But, Drew Pryor says the same can’t be said of Taylor Byars - Herdman’s partner on this trip.

Says Pryor, “This was Taylor Byars first time on a backpacking trip and when Mike went missing from the camp Friday he began searching for him immediately over 24 hours in unknown terrain”

Pryor says Byars left a pack of supplies behind for Herdman and followed a river hoping to get help. But, he got turned-around in the wilderness and, authorities say if it hadn’t been for two fishermen in the area the department might have been looking for two missing hikers took off to get help.

Sgt. Eric Buchow says “Those folks found him disoriented, dehydrated, confused and he was lost

Adds Pryor, “They were able to help carry supplies, get him hydrated and get him out of the canyon. And, that’s when he finally was able to call authorities for help.

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