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Body of 30-year-old hiker found after missing for 4 days in California: Sheriff

Body of 30-year-old hiker found after missing for 4 days in California: Sheriff

The body of a 30-year-old woman who went missing for four days after a day-trip hike in coastal California has been found, according to authorities.

Search and rescue teams recovered Caroline Meister's body on Friday, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office said in a press conference.

Meister was found with injuries consistent with a fall down a cliff and no foul play is suspected, authorities said.

Meister left for her hike around 10 a.m. Monday and was reported missing that night, the sheriff's office said.

PHOTO: An undated photo of 30-year-old Caroline Meister, a hiker who has been missing since March 18, released by the Monterey County Sheriff's Office. (Monterey County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)
PHOTO: An undated photo of 30-year-old Caroline Meister, a hiker who has been missing since March 18, released by the Monterey County Sheriff's Office. (Monterey County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)

Meister planned to hike a trail that loops back around to the Zen Center, according to the sheriff's office, but she also mentioned hiking the Windcave Trail.

She had only carried enough food for the day and wasn't dressed or equipped to stay overnight, authorities said.

Meister has been living and working at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center for the last year and a half, her parents told told Monterey Bay affiliate KSBW.

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"She's very familiar with the area. She's also an avid hiker," her father, John Meister, told KSBW on Tuesday.

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