EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Officials with the El Paso Police Department (EPPD) say the body found Monday morning is believed to be that of a missing hiker.

Earlier in the day, El Paso Fire Department (EPFD) crews located the body in a wash, below a trail. EPFD crews had been searching for a missing hiker since Sunday afternoon.

As of 5:20 p.m., the body has been brought down from the mountain to be further examined by El Paso Police.

As of 2:45 p.m., Crews continued to coordinate to recover the body and bring it down for official identification.

The body will be handed over to El Paso Police Department (EPPD) for investigation.

EPPD officials have sent their Crimes Against Persons unit to assist and investigate the incident.

El Paso Fire Department spokesperson, Enrique Duenas-Aguilar told KTSM the search started Sunday afternoon around 5:00 p.m. when five teams of the total of 30 firefighters, police officers and state park police officers were sent out to search the mountains.

Because of nightfall and high winds the crews were not able to deploy drones to help in the search so they continued Monday morning, Duenas-Aguilar said.

Around 11 a.m. on Monday, the crews located the body 2,5 miles away from the trailhead off Stanton, he explained.

 “It’s pretty high up there it’s pretty hard to reach” said Duenas-Aguilar.

Duenas-Aguilar said, once the body is transported it will go to the police medical examiner for identification.

So far, cause of death has not been determined.

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