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August 2, 2012
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Hospital confirms man found in Sierra is Gary Dankworth

In a statement issued at 11:45 a.m., Carson Tahoe Health President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Epperson offered his condolences to the family of Dr. Gary Dankworth, whose body was reportedly found Wednesday evening in the Sequoia and Kings National Park area of the Sierra and has not been officially identified.

"The Carson Tahoe family is saddened by the news of Dr. Dankworth's death," Epperson said. "The past several days have been difficult and we, like the rest of the community, have been hoping for the best. We are a small, close knit community and tragedies within our medical staff affect us all. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and we will do all we can to support them during this very sad time," Ed Epperson, President and CEO.

Searchers hunting for missing Carson City doctor Gary Dankworth found the body of a man late Wednesday night during their search, confirmed a spokeswoman for the Inyo County Sheriff's Department.

Dankworth, 60, failed to return to camp from a hike to summit Norman Clyde Peak above Big Pine on Saturday, and was due out the following morning.

Rescue crews began searching around 1:20 p.m. Sunday for the man described as an experienced backcountry hiker and continued through Wednesday evening.

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The Record Courier Updated Aug 2, 2012 02:49PM Published Aug 2, 2012 02:04PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.