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Lost Hiker Found Near Aerial Tramway

A Redondo Beach woman who became separated from her hiking companion was found by a sheriff’s deputy near the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, a sheriff’s sergeant said today.

Janice Dannebaum, 52, was reported missing by her friend just before 7 p.m. Monday, a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy said.

The two went hiking on Wellman Ridge Trail in the San Jacinto Mountains and, after they got separated about 4 p.m., they were unable to reach each other by cell phone, the deputy said.

A sheriff’s deputy found the woman near the top of the tramway, and the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit was sent to get her, he said.

Deputies reminded hikers to set a time and place to meet in case someone gets separated. Cellular telephone service in the mountains is spotty at best.

KESQ News Team

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