Missing hiker from Surprise found dead on mountainside

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Hiker found dead - A hiker was found dead on the side of a mountain in Surprise.

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SURPRISE -- A missing hiker was found dead Saturday night after what appears to be an accident.

At approximately 11 p.m. Saturday, Surprise police officers were called to the area of 157th Avenue and Dynamite Road regarding a missing person.

Family members told officers that Sharon Berman, 53, of Surprise, had not returned home from a hike on a local mountain.

She was last seen at around 8 a.m. that day.

Berman was known to hike the mountain and surrounding area frequently.

Officers searched the mountain and found the missing hiker's body at approximately 11:38 p.m.

Police say it appears that the cause of death was accidental and that she may have slipped and fell down the mountainside.

The incident is still under investigation by the Surprise Police Department.