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Missing O.C. man found in desert

November 20, 2012


LUCERNE VALLEY -- The body of a missing Orange County man was found in Lucerne Valley over the weekend, authorities said.

According to a report in the Orange County Register, the body of 43-year-old Todd Hansen was found in the open desert of Lucerne Valley on Sunday afternoon.

The San Bernardino County Coroner has not yet carried out an autopsy, but coroner officials do not suspect foul play at this time.

Sean Emery of the Orange County Register reported that Hansen had been missing since Halloween, when he e-mailed his employer saying that he did not feel well and was going to seek treatment at a local hospital. His family did not hear from him for several days and reported him missing.

Orange County Sheriff's Department investigators learned that there was no record of Hansen visiting any Orange County hospitals, Emery reported.

A cause of death will be determined once coroner officials complete the autopsy.