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Former Mohawk resident found dead in Sierra Mountains

By WKTV News

INDEPENDENCE, Ca (WKTV) - A onetime resident of the Village of Mohawk has been found dead during a hiking trip on the west coast.

The family of Shane Badger, 36, of Irondequoit (near Rochester) had last heard from him through a Facebook status update. Badger went missing in late July, traveling cross-country to go hiking. He was reported missing by his family after a week had gone by without any type of communication.

Badger was hiking in the Sierra Mountains in California when his car was found just north of the Town of Independence on Friday, August 3. Just two days later on Sunday, August 5, his body was located in the Sierra Mountains. While the body has been sent to the Inyo County Coroner's office for positive identification, family members tell Rochester NBC affiliate WHEC that it was Badger.

The Inyo County Coroner's Office said that it would be several days before a cause of death could be determined.

Friends say Badger had moved to the Village of Mohawk from Connecticut in 2001, and had only recently moved to the Rochester area, where he worked as a ground supervisor at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Flags at RIT will fly at half-staff in Badger's memory.

Badger was actively involved in the Mohawk Valley Garlic and Herb Festival, whose organizers sent out the following statement on Tuesday:

"Dear Friends,

With heavy hearts, we are sending you the news of Shane's recent passing. He died while on a hiking trip in California. We have only the information given on WKTV.com at this time, but felt it important that we let you know. Please join us in sending our thoughts and prayers to the Badger family during this difficult period.

Juli and Gail"

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