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Firefighter Hiker Mike Herdman's Death Was An Accident

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VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say the death of a Southern California firefighter during a camping trip was an accident.

The Ventura County Star (http://bit.ly/1mGzaV6 ) says Monday's autopsy concludes that 36-year-old Mike Herdman died of blunt force injuries.

Previous story: Body of Arcadia Firefighter Mike Herdman Has Been Found

Herdman was camping with a fellow Arcadia firefighter in Los Padres National Forest northwest of Los Angeles when he vanished on June 13. Herdman's dog ran off and he was last seen chasing after it - barefoot and wearing only shorts and a T-shirt.

An air and ground search ended last Friday when Herdman's body was found on the side of a steep canyon. He was less than a mile from his campsite but more than 1,000 feet higher up.

His dog had been located earlier.

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