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Sad Ending In Search For Missing Oakhurst Man

YOSEMITE — The body of an Oakhurst man who was swept away while rafting in the Merced River in Yosemite on June 6, has been recovered.

According to family members, the body of Ernie Hagar, 60, who has been missing for over two weeks, was located yesterday by a park visitor.

As first reported, Ernie was part of a large group from the Oakhurst area who were floating on the river that day, but was not wearing a life jacket when his raft deflated and he was carried away. He was last seen near the Sentinel Beach area at about 6 p.m. on Monday, June 6.

The search for Hager was called off after about five days as officials waited for the water levels in the river to drop.

Repeated attempts to reach a park spokesperson for more details have been unsuccessful.

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