Jogger missing overnight found unconscious near trail

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Article Date: 7/15/2009 | Resource: MLG

Jogger missing overnight found unconscious near trail

“Authorities suspect health condition may have caused Coto de Caza man to lose consciousness on 3-mile run.”

COTO DE CAZA – A 44-year-old jogger who had been missing for about 17 hours overnight was found unconscious near a trail this morning, authorities said.

The man was found on the ground about 10 feet from a trail near Van Gogh Way and Vista del Verde at about 8:30 a.m., said Lt. Ted Boyne of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The man was unconscious and is believed to have been there overnight, while deputies, volunteers, bloodhounds and a helicopter searched for him.

“He’s in bad shape,” Boyne said.

Paramedics were treating the man at the scene as of 9:30 a.m. He has been taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo to be treated, he said.

Authorities do not suspect foul play and he did not appear to have suffered any external injuries, but the jogger may have had a health condition that caused him to lose consciousness.

The Coto de Caza man, who has not been identified, left his house after 3 p.m. to go on one of his regular jogs, Boyne said. The man parked his car near Vista del Verde and San Miguel in the parking lot of a nearby gym.

Eight hours later, when he had not returned home, his wife contacted sheriff officials. The man goes on similar runs regularly and it was odd that he had not returned home.

Deputies began searching for the man and enlisted the help of volunteer reserves to continue the search. Bloodhounds and the sheriff’s helicopter also searched for the man overnight without any results.

The jogger was described only as 44 years old and weighing 210 pounds.

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Jeffrey Marquart