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California Briefing / RIVERSIDE COUNTY

Woman found dead in desert

September 09, 2008|From the Associated Press

Authorities say a San Diego County woman died in the desert after wandering away from her car when it got stuck in the sand.

Riverside County sheriff's officials said Monday that the body of Genevieve Miller MacMahon, 85, was found over the weekend in the desert near Thousand Palms.

MacMahon, of Escondido, had been visiting relatives in the Coachella Valley and apparently got stuck on her way home.

Authorities say she called a friend Saturday night and left a message that she was lost. The friend, though, did not get the message until Sunday.

Deputies say they found MacMahon's body shortly after the friend called authorities.

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