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Coroner: Missing Calif. camper died of exposure

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a 14-year-old boy whose body was found after he went missing during a hunting trip in California's northern Sierra Nevada froze to death.

The Record of Stockton reports ( that those are the initial results of an autopsy on Taylor Dustin released on Monday by the Calaveras County Coroner.

Search crews discovered Dustin's body on Oct. 23 in a wilderness area bordering the Eldorado and Stanislaus National Forests.

He and his uncle, 40-year-old Devin Smith, were apparently on a hunting trip about 22 miles south of Lake Tahoe when they got lost and the weather turned inclement.

The area received about 18 inches of snow over two days.

Smith survived, and was found hours before Dustin suffering from severe hypothermia.


Information from: The Record,

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 31, 2012 01:21PM Published Oct 31, 2012 01:20PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.