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Skeleton found near California's second-highest peak was WWII internee

California Skeleton Mystery
Posted at 4:09 PM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 19:09:18-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A skeleton found by hikers this fall near California's second-highest peak has been identified as a man who had left the Japanese internment camp at Manzanar to paint in the mountains in the waning days of World War II.

The Inyo County sheriff said Friday that DNA from the bones was matched to a relative of Giichi Matsumura.

The artist had separated from other members of the camp during a fishing trip in August 1945 and succumbed to the elements near Mount Williamson during a freak snow storm.