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May 29, 2010 (Julian) -- Stephanie Brehm-McCabe, 44, was found dead May 27 n her vehicle in a remote mountain area near Julian. Cause of death has not yet been released by the coroner's office.

A resident of Santa Margarita, she had been reported missing by family on May 25.  She was last seen May 24 at approximately 8 a.m. after putting a knife to her wrist. She left in her truck, then phoned an acquaintance and left a message indicating she intended to commit suicide.


She was an accomplished equestrian and is familiar with back roads and trails in both the Cleveland National Forest and Anza Borrego Desert State Park.


San Diego Sheriff mounted a search including the ASTREA helicopter and help fromthe California Highway Patrol and State Parks and Recreation personnel.

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