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Body found in Kalalau Valley

    The entrance of Kalalau trail in Kauai.

A man’s body was found Thursday afternoon at Kalalau Valley, Kauai officials said.

His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Kauai firefighters were notified of a missing hiker around noon.

A friend of the missing person told firefighters that the two of them set out to hike into the valley from the beach, where they had been camping.  He said the terrain became very dangerous and he turned back, but his friend continued hiking and had not returned to the beach as of Thursday morning.

Rescue crews conducted an aerial search and located the man’s body deep in the valley around 1:30 p.m.

Police are not suspecting foul play at this time.

An autopsy has been ordered for early next week.

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