UPDATE: Aug 29
MOUNTAIN CENTER – A body found Sunday, Aug. 21, on a steep slope near a hiking trail in Mountain Center was that of a 71-year-old woman reported missing in early June, authorities confirmed late last week.
Josephene Youssef, who suffered from dementia, was last seen around 11 a.m. June 7 at her home in the 70300 block of state Route 74, in the unincorporated area of Pinyon Pines.
Sheriff’s deputies searched the area near her home at the time, with assistance from bloodhounds and a helicopter team, without success.
A hiker came upon the remains about 8:40 a.m. Saturday near Ribbonwood Drive, about 7 miles from Youssef’s home, according to Deputy Armando Munoz.
The sheriff’s aviation unit had get investigators and coroner’s officials to the scene due to the difficult terrain.
The body of a woman was discovered Sunday, Aug. 21, off a trail near Ribbonwood Drive in Pinyon Pines. The trail where the body was found was reportedly several miles from Highway 74. A hiker found the woman’s body about 8:40 a.m.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the unidentified woman’s death anad have not ruled out foul play at this time Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Vasquez said.
The sheriff’s department had to use its aviation unit to drop investigators and coroner’s officials at the scene due to the difficult terrain, Vasquez said.