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Bones found on California mountain may be remains of lost Japanese internee

Posted at 2:56 PM, Oct 23, 2019

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - A human skeleton retrieved from California's second-highest mountain this month may be the remains of a Japanese-American man who died in 1945 as part of a fishing party from the Manzanar internment camp.

The Inyo County Sheriff's Department says that is among the possibilities being investigated after the bones were discovered Oct. 7 by two hikers.

One of the hikers spotted a bleached skull in the rocks on Mount Williamson and then uncovered the entire remains.

Matsumura's fate is a footnote to the dark U.S. history chapter when more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans were herded into prison camps amid fear they would side with their ancestral homeland in the war.

Matsumara's gravesite wasn't mapped, so his final resting place has been a mystery that prompted some hikers to search for them.