[UPDATED With Memorial Info] Joe Le, GWC Student, Missing After Being Swept Away in the San Gabriel River

UPDATE, APRIL 5, 3:37 P.M.: Two events have been announced this week that will be held in the memory of Joe Le. A bake sale to raise funds for funeral costs will take place in Garden Grove on Friday (click here for further details), and Le's memorial service will take place in Anaheim on Saturday at 4 p.m.–click here for viewing hours and location info.

UPDATE, APRIL 4, 9:11 A.M.The Orange County Register now reports the Los Angeles County Coroner's office has confirmed that the body found in the Angeles National Forest near the San Gabriel River was that of Joe Le. His body was found on Sunday.

UPDATE, APRIL 3, 7:30 P.M.: The OC Register is reporting that authorities searching for Joe Le found a body this afternoon near the San Gabriel River, but there has not yet been an official identification of the remains.

ORIGINAL POST: Anaheim's Joe Le has been reported missing after falling into the East Fork of the San Gabriel River Friday afternoon. A Los Angeles County Sheriff's official stated that the 20-year-old Golden West College student was hiking in the Angeles National Forest around 1:30 p.m. when he was swept away by torrential waist-high waters.


After hours of searching, authorities recovered what they believe to be Le's backpack from the river.

According to Sergeant Diane Hecht, Friday's vigorous search ended at nightfall and resumed Saturday at 5 a.m. along Camp Bonita Prairie Forks Road. 

“This is the second report we've gotten this week, ” states Hecht. “Last Thursday [March 31], a hiker fell into the river at a similar location and was carried away, although this man was fortunate enough to pass another hiker downstream who was strong enough to pull him out of the water. People don't realize just how swift the river in that area, especially with the recent rainfall.”

Le's family and friends spent the night trying to mobilize community support for the continued search effort, including an official “Pray for Joe Search Party” on Facebook.
“It's killing me that I can't be there personally,” says An Nguyen, a close friend and ex-classmate of Le's who has been imploring friends and acquaintances in Southern California to help with the search from her home in New York City.
A map of today's search are can be found here. Any information regarding the whereabouts of Joe Le can be relayed to Victoria Le at (714) 251-6390.

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