Fatal wreck found at bottom of ravine

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comMay 4, 2013 

SANTA NELLA -- A Southern California man who had been missing for nearly three weeks was found dead Friday after his vehicle was discovered at the bottom of a ravine near San Luis Reservoir, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Officer Jesse Lopez said a woman on a tour bus traveling westbound on Highway 152 near the reservoir spotted the vehicle about 200 feet down the embankment at the bottom of the ravine.

After the CHP and Cal Fire were notified, Lopez said, emergency crews arrived at 10:23 a.m. They had to climb down the steep embankment to reach the vehicle.

When they reached the wreckage, Lopez said firefighters discovered a heavily damaged 2003 Toyota with one occupant who appeared to have been dead for some time.

"They checked the license plate and it came back to a Los Angeles man who had been reported missing April 19," Lopez said.

The man was identified as 24-year-old Mingzhe Cui.

Cui's body and the vehicle were still in the ravine Friday afternoon. Lopez said it would take special equipment to get them back up to the roadway. That recovery effort was continuing.

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