A 63-year-old hiker who vanished while trekking in Carbon Canyon Regional Park was discovered dead on Saturday. Let’s see what happened to Jeffrey Morton in detail.
What happened to Jeffrey Morton?
Authorities announced on Saturday that a 63-year-old man was discovered dead several hours after going missing while out on a trek in Brea’s Carbon Canyon Regional Park.
Soon after 5:30 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Department posted on Twitter, “The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is sorry to report that Jeffrey Morton has been found deceased,” adding that the county coroner’s office was looking into Morton’s death. “Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is sorry to report that Jeffrey Morton has been found deceased. The Orange County Sheriff’s Corners Division is investigating the death. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.
— OCSD – Yorba Linda (@OCSDYorbaLinda) January 1, 2023
How did Jeffrey Morton die?
Jeffrey Paul Morton left his Yorba Linda home around 2:30 a.m. Friday for a hike, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
According to the investigators, he normally arrived home around 6 a.m. Morton’s car, a white 2004 Acura MDX, was discovered at the intersection of Brea Hills Drive and Carbon Canyon Road, directly across the street from the park, as per the Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities claimed on Friday that he didn’t have a cell phone and that his trekking path was unclear.
Searching for missing hiker #JeffreyMorton in Yorba Linda, CA Unfortunately @OCGovCA parks division is actively preventing people from searching even though he is designated a critical missing person. Hard to understand. pic.twitter.com/tg0tCXpoGc
— SF Investigates (@SF_investigates) January 1, 2023
The Sheriff’s Department claimed at the time that Jeffrey “had never failed to return home from a trek.” “Jefferey is being regarded as a critical missing person due to the circumstances,” it says.
On Friday afternoon, the Brea Fire Department responded to a complaint regarding Morton and started a rescue operation.
The area’s hills were scoured by crews, but aerial coverage was limited by poor visibility, making attempts challenging.
The Sheriff’s Department also requested public assistance and anyone with information to contact at (714) 647-7000.
— OCSD – Yorba Linda (@OCSDYorbaLinda) December 31, 2022
Unfortunately, Jeffrey was found dead by search and rescue teams early Saturday evening. Police were investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.
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