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Remains of man believed to be missing tourist found

HIDDEN MEADOWS - A body matching the description of a Swedish tourist who went missing while jogging in a rural area north of Escondido was discovered today.

The dead man was found about 8:30 a.m. near a driveway on Mountain Meadow Road, in thick brush at the bottom of a hill, authorities said. There were no immediate signs of foul play.

Officials could not immediately confirm if the dead man was Reza Dana, 33, who disappeared Thursday near Meadow Lake Country Club in the Hidden Meadows.

Dana was on vacation and staying with a friend when the two went for a run in the midday summer heat. Near the intersection of Mountain Meadow Road and Meadow Glen Way, Dana's companion lost sight of him. The friend reported Dana missing a few hours later.

The tourist was unfamiliar with the area and was not carrying any identification or a cell phone when he went missing.

Dozens of sheriff's search-and-rescue personnel with service dogs and volunteers endured temperatures hovering around 100 degrees as they combed the area Friday and Saturday.

A new set of canines trained to detect human remains were being used in the search today.

The body was found on private property, sheriff's spokeswoman Jan Caldwell told reporters. Searchers had not been looking for Dana in residential yards, she said.

A witness reported seeing a man matching Dana's description in the area Thursday, "hobbling around" as if he had twisted his ankle or otherwise suffered a leg or foot injury, according to Caldwell.

Hidden Meadows is located in the far northern part of Escondido, next to the communities of Fallbrook and Bonsall.

(previous story, 7/19/2010 7 a.m.)

Search for missing tourist continues north of Escondido

HIDDEN MEADOWS - The search for a Swedish tourist last seen jogging north of Escondido has resumed resume today, using dogs trained to look for human remains.

Reza Lavasani Dana, 33, was on vacation and staying with a friend when the two went jogging about midday Thursday. The friend lost sight of Dana and reported him missing a few hours later.

Dozens of sheriff's search-and-rescue personnel with service dogs and volunteers endured temperatures of around 100 degrees as they combed the area of Meadow Lake Country Club Friday and Saturday.

The search was suspended Saturday afternoon, said Sheriff's Lt. Jim Nolan. A new set of search dogs that are trained to look for human remains will be used during today's search, sheriff's officials told the San Diego Union Tribune.

Sheriff's officials said Dana was not carrying any identification or a cell phone, and was not familiar with the area. He is white, 5 feet, 6 inches with dark hair, and was wearing red shorts, a red shirt and running shoes.

Hidden Meadows is located in the far northern part of Escondido, near the communities of Fallbrook and Bonsall.

 

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