September 10, 2008 (by Otto Smyth)

According to reports by Ehline Law, a man found dead in the desert east of San Diego has been identified as Evan Tanner.

Tanner age 37, who is known by many as an Ultimate Fighting Champion was found according to statements from Sheriff’s Lt. George Moreno approximately 2 miles from his campsite. The area was in a remote vicinity of the Palo Verdes Mountains and in a preliminary report from the coroner Tanners death appears to have been from heat exposure.

Tanner had been in the area where he was found camping and riding his motorcycle, according to a statement from his agent John Hayner. He went on to state that Tanner had phoned a friend and spoke to the wife saying he was out of gas and going to walk and get some.

The area where Tanner was found was approximately 100 miles to the closest town, after friends reported him missing on Friday. A helicopter search is how Tanner was found on Monday.

Tanner was a resident of Oceanside and appeared on Spike TV’s Ultimate Fighter and he had spoken in his blog about his plan to go to the desert and ride his motorcycle.

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