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Weather was a prohibitive factor in searching for missing mountain biker, Andres Marin. At approximately 10 a.m. on March 2, 2014, his body was located on the North Main Divide Road (United States Forest Service Road 3S04) in an Orange County portion of the Cleveland National Forest, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s officer Zachary Hall.
“A search team with a paramedic was dispatched to their location; however, Marin was in fact deceased. A short time later, the Riverside County Coroner arrived and took over the investigation. The cause of death is pending, but there were no signs of foul play.” Hall said in his report. Marin, an avid mountain biker, was a 34-year-old resident of Corona, California. He is survived by his wife, Cristyna.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responded to a lost mountain biker, Andres Marin, in the Cleveland National ForestOn March 1, 2014, about 5:45 p.m. according to the report. “Initial investigation, using cellular network towers and a trail maps, revealed Marin was most likely on the south west side of the Skyline Trail; however, this could not be confirmed. All attempts to communicate with Marin, or figure out his approximate location, failed.” stated Hall
Though a search was initiated on Saturday evening, due to extremely poor weather, rough terrain and unsafe conditions, rescue teams were not able to make it to the Skyline Trail. “The weather also prohibited the use of helicopters. A deputy was positioned at the Skyline Trailhead, and others patrolled other trailheads throughout the evening. During the night, search teams were organized and plans were made for an early morning search.” Hall said.
Search teams from the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit, Desert Search and Rescue, Sheriff’s Off-highway Vehicle Enforcement Team and Sheriff’s Aviation were sent to assigned search areas. The search teams were managed by the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team and assisted by the United States Forest Service.
Anyone with any additional information about this investigation is encouraged to call Lieutenant Zach Hall at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station at (951) 245-3300, or by email at LakeElsinoreStation@RiversideSheriff.org