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Missing Indian in California found dead

world Updated: Jun 02, 2007 11:42 IST

A body found in a river in the Yosemite National Park, California, has been identified as that of a 27-year-old Indian who fell into the Merced River nearly two weeks ago, a park ranger said.

Kiran Yellajyosula, a computer engineer, was hiking with three friends up to Vernal Fall on May 19 when he clambered about 10 yards off the trail onto a rock below the falls. His friends said he leaned over, apparently to feel the water, lost his balance and then slipped into the fast-moving current.

Yellajyosula's body was spotted on Tuesday by members of the Yosemite search and rescue team, Ranger Adrienne Freeman said, adding it was spotted between two large rocks several hundred feet below the bridge, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Saturday.

It was visible, she said, because the water level had dropped since the accident.

It took the search and rescue team three-and-a-half hours to secure a high line across the water and haul the body out of the raging river, Freeman said. It was positively identified as Yellajyosula on Wednesday afternoon.

Yellajyosula is survived by his mother, father and a sister, who all live in India.