PLEASANTON -- A 46-year-old man reported missing overnight was found dead Tuesday morning in Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park, but foul play is not suspected, authorities said.

The man's body was found about 8:30 a.m. in the hills of the popular hiking park, according to Lt. James Knox. He was reported missing Monday night and his car was located later that evening in a parking lot at the ridge.

Pleasanton officers and East Bay Regional Park District police closed the recreation area for four hours Tuesday morning to investigate the death.

The park has many trails and stretches 5,271 acres along the Pleasanton Ridge, overlooking the Livermore Valley and Pleasanton, according to the park district's website.

Information on how he was found, or a cause of death, was not immediately available, but an Alameda County Coroner's official said that it appears likely that death is a suicide. Knox said foul play was not suspected in this case.

Contact Erin Ivie at eivie@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/erin_ivie.



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