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One California Ultra-Runner Found, Another Still Missing

12:43 PM, Sep 23, 2009   |    comments
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SANTA ANA, CA (AP) -- An ultra-runner missing for three days has been found in the Cleveland National Forest, but authorities were still searching for his partner.

A maintenance worker at a private retreat and camp spotted  Fidel Diaz on Wednesday morning in Orange County.

Diaz, 53, told investigators he and Maria Natera-Armenta, 36, ran out of water Sunday afternoon during a 30-mile run and split up to search for more.

He said he never saw her again.

Sheriff's officials were obtaining a search warrant for Diaz's car and were questioning him.

Sheriff spokesman Jim Amormino said the search is a missing persons case but until Natera-Armenta was located detectives were not ruling anything out.

Diaz and Natera-Armenta are brother- and sister-in-law and often trained together for distances of up to 100 miles.

 

The Associated Press

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