The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office says it appears a 54-year-old California man reported missing by his wife died of natural causes. William Jeffery was reported missing on August 9th. His wife last saw him when she dropped him off at Elk Lake to go hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Deputies and SAR team members found him dead at his campsite near Charlton Lake. He was an experienced hike and was well equipped for the hike.