Here are things to know for Friday, April 23:
1. Conroe man dies after falling while hiking on snowy California mountain
A Texas man has died after falling to his death while hiking California’s Mount Whitney, authorities announced Wednesday.
Saulo Sifuentes Escalante, 36, of Conroe was reported missing on Sunday when he failed to return from a Thursday day hike to the peak in the Sierra Nevada, according to a statement from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office.
Search and rescue teams aided by a helicopter unsuccessfully scoured the mountain on Monday but on Tuesday used cellphone data records to pinpoint a possible location. A helicopter found Escalante dead in a steep, snowy chute south of a main trail about 11,600 feet (3,536 meters) up the mountain, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Escalante apparently had been climbing the chute when he slipped and fell, authorities said.