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Hiker's body found on North Vancouver ski resort

01/11/2012 02:12 EST | Updated 03/12/2012 05:12 EDT

The body of a woman found on North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain has been identified as a 52-year-old hiker, according to RCMP.

The body was discovered just after 3 p.m. PT Tuesday by staff at the ski resort about 100 metres away from the Paradise ski run in an area of snow and bush near the captive bear habitat, police said.

"From preliminary investigation there does not appear to be any foul play involved. It appears that she may have succumbed to hypothermia," Cpl. Richard De Jong said a statement.

The victim was wearing hiking gear along with a daypack that included extra clothing and personal effects, De Jong said.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause and time of death, police said.

RCMP have yet to confirm how long the woman was on the mountain, but earlier they suggested it could have been two or three days before she was discovered.

Police said the woman's name would not be released at the request of her family, but did say she had not been reported missing prior to the discovery of her body.

“This is a tragic event and, along with the Grouse Mountain staff, we are all greatly saddened by this woman’s passing and our hearts go out to her family and friends,” De Jong said.

Staff at the resort said earlier information released by police that the body had been found on a ski run was incorrect.

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