A 74-year-old Marina del Rey man who was reported lost by his son was found dead in a rural area near Leona Valley in Los Angeles County early Thursday morning, December 21st, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Palmdale Station officials said.
Gorden Adlen was found by search-and-rescue crews in a “waist-deep creek” near Goodie Hill Road and Lake Elizabeth Road, approximately ten miles from Lake Elizabeth, said deputy Andy Lynch of the Sheriff’s Palmdale Station.
Paramedics at the scene were unable to revive Adlen, who had apparently fallen into the creek and died of hypothermia, Lynch said.
There was no foul play involved, he said.
Adlen’s son had called deputies at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 20th, to report that Adlen was lost.
Adlen reportedly called his son on a cell phone saying that his car had broken down and he was not sure where he was, Lynch said.
Deputies contacted the cell phone company to trace the origin of the call and determined that Adlen was in a rural area of the Antelope Valley.
Cell phone contact with Adlen was lost at about 9 p.m. December 20th.
Palmdale sheriff’s deputies conducted the search effort, along with Antelope Valley search-and-rescue teams with search dogs and helicopters from the sheriff’s department and the County Fire Department.
The crews searched throughout the night and discovered Adlen in the creek, approximately a quarter-mile away from his car, at about 6 a.m. December 21st, Lynch said.