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George Sliter

APTOS - A 74-year-old Redwood City man whose body was found earlier this week after he went missing from an Aptos Hills retreat center died from hypothermia and exposure to the elements, Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies said.

George Earl Sliter was reported missing Sunday after he didn't attend a 9:15 a.m. service at the Monte Toyon retreat center off Cathedral Drive. Sliter had been at the center with a group of church friends from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City.

Sliter's body was found Tuesday morning at the bottom of a ravine above Cabrillo College, near the 600 block of Hudson Lane.

Deputy April Skalland said Thursday that autopsy results determined Sliter died from hypothermia and exposure.

Sliter was married, authorities reported earlier this week, and he had a daughter and five sons, according to daughter Lauren Sliter.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated how many children Geroge Sliter had. This version has been updated to reflect he had five sons and one daughter.


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