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Man Dies After Fall in Berkeley Hills



    Man Dies After Fall in Berkeley Hills

    A man was found dead from an apparent fall in the Berkeley Hills  on Wednesday evening, a University of California at Berkeley police captain said.

    UC Berkeley police responded to a report of a hiker who had gone  missing from his group near Signpost 15 on Grizzly Peak Boulevard at about  6:30 p.m., Capt. Margo Bennett said.

    When police arrived, the hiking group of four told police the  fifth member of the group had trekked to a different area had not returned,  Bennett said. Police searched the area and found the man down the hillside.

    The victim has been identified as Jonathan Mendiola Urbina, 24 or San Pablo.

     Bennett said police learned from the group that the man and  another hiker had started to climb a large rock in the area. The second hiker  had left the man to return to the group, but the victim stayed by the rock,  she said.

    Bennett said it appears Urbin fell from the rock. He was  pronounced dead at the scene. The man's name has not been released, but  police said he was in his mid-20s.

    The members of the group said they had been drinking prior to the  apparent accident, the captain said.

    "It's never a good idea to drink and do any physical activity,"  Bennett said.

    The apparent fall occurred on UC Berkeley property in the hills,  but none of the group members are affiliated with UC Berkeley, she said.

    Berkeley fire was called to assist police. The incident remains  under investigation.