Max Lenail
Missing runner Max Lenail. Courtesy San Diego Police

San Diego Police said Saturday they believe a body discovered by hikers in Mission Trails Regional Park is the remains of a man who went missing Friday.

Official confirmation of the identity would come later from the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office, according to Officer Darius Jamsetjee.

Max Lenail was last seen Friday at Mission Trails, where he went for a run, according to the officer.

Jamsetjee said police received a 911 call Saturday afternoon from hikers who said they found a body in the water near a waterfall in the 8,000-acre park.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and city lifeguards were called to the scene and removed the body from the water, the officer said.

Meanwhile, CBS8 posted a statement on Twitter from Max’s father, Ben Lenail, that his son had died. Police could not confirm the statement.

Lenail was described as a white male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, 160 pounds. He was last seen Friday wearing bright orange running shorts and a gray tank top.

Earlier on Saturday, officers from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department joined the search for Lanail, along with community members.

Mission Trails Regional Park has 60 miles of trails and is located at 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, near San Carlos.

Updated at 5:25 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021

City News Service contributed to this article.