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California hiker found dead near Starr Pass

PCSO search and rescue teams helped the Tucson Fire Department look for the hiker after he was reported missing Tuesday afternoon.

TUCSON, Ariz. — A man from California was found dead south of Tucson after going missing while out on a hike, Pima County Sheriff’s Office officials said.

Kyle Chance, a 46-year-old from San Diego, was seen leaving on a hike Tuesday morning but was reported missing shortly before 1 p.m. PCSO search and rescue teams helped the Tucson Fire Department search for Chance and ultimately found him deceased around 4 p.m.

The exact cause of Chance’s death hasn’t been released, but it doesn’t appear to be foul play according to authorities.

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