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Body recovered during search for missing runner at Mission Trails

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Posted at 1:03 PM, Jan 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-31 02:07:55-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego Police have found a body during their searching for a missing runner who disappeared Friday.

According to the department, 21-year-old Max Lenail was last seen by his roommate around 10:30 a.m., leaving for Mission Trails Park, where he reportedly went on a run.

A man who says he is Lenail's father posted to a hiking group on Facebook saying that, Lenail was the victim of a freak accident while hiking in the wilderness.

Police received a 911 call Saturday at 1:47 p.m. from a search group who said they found a body in the water near a waterfall at Mission Trails. The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and city lifeguards were called to the scene and removed the body from the water.

Mission Trails Regional Park has 60 miles of trails and is located at 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail near San Carlos in East County.

Max Lenail was described as a white male, 5-feet-8 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing bright orange running shorts and a grey tank top.

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said his body was recovered after a search Saturday.

Anyone with information is asked to call 619-531-2000.