Experienced hiker found dead on Modoc County hiking trail

ALTURAS, Calif. – A hiker found a dead man on the Eagle Peak Summit Trail on Sunday, July 2.

According to the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office, the body was found about 1,000 feet below the summit on the southeast side of the mountain.

Deputies were able to recover the body on Monday.  The deceased was identified as Ben Kiyoshi Nomura-Weingrow, 44 of Oakland.

The Sheriff’s Office says Nomura-Weingrow was an experienced hiker who had hiked the same trail once before.

A cause of death has not been determined.  Officials say foul play is not suspected in this case.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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