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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

George Kohler, Missing S.F. Cyclist, Found Dead in Death Valley

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM

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Authorities say they have found the body of 68-year-old George Kohler, who went missing last week during a bike tour in Death Valley.

Police confirmed  that Kohler, an avid cyclist and personal trainer in San Francisco, was found in a shallow gully about less than two miles east of the Mesquite

Spring campground where he was staying at Death Valley National Park. Police have not confirmed how he died, but said it did not appear as though there was foul play. An autopsy is currently being done to determine the cause of death, police said.

"He just wandered off," his wife, Prudy, told us.

Kohler was part of a larger group of cyclists who started their week-long biking tour across Death Valley on Friday, March 9. The group stopped to sleep at the campsite on March 12. Kohler was last seen that night at at about 8 p.m. when he told his fellow cyclists he was tired and was headed back to his tent.

The next morning, he never showed up, and when his group went to look for him, they found his bike and camp gear undisturbed in his tent. His bed looked as if he had never slept in it.

Prudy Kohler told SF Weekly that she's relieved to have some closure, and thankful to everyone who helped in the search for her husband of 42 years.

"The good news, if there was any,  is that George died involved in what he loved doing, which was bike riding," she said. "He was absolutely passionate about it, and that he went out that way gives me a lot of comfort."

"I know he is looking down on us, and happy riding on to his next adventure," she added.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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