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Hypothermia Fatality at Bowen Ranch in San Bernardino Mountains

February 6 2004 at 2:23 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

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A stranded hiker found unconscious and with a body temperature of 80 degray morning in the Bowen Ranch area died from severe hypothermia, the San Bernardino County Coroner's Office announced Thursday.

Pomona resident Kortney Zeman, 23, had been hiking at Deep Creek Hot Springs with her boyfriend on her birthday, Monday evening, when it started to rain and snow, Supervising Deputy Coroner Randy Emon said.

"Because of the snow, they couldn't find the path back," Emon said. "So they started hiking toward some lights, thinking it was Hesperia."

After walking all night, they found an abandoned truck, Emon said, and settled inside to sleep.

"By morning (Zeman's) body was in full arrest and her temperature was 80 degrees," Emon said.,11094,

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