Rescue teams find female hiker dead on the side of Camelback Mountain
PHOENIX — A reported missing hiker was found dead on the side of Camelback Mountain on Friday, authorities said.
Officers responded to a call from a hiker around 1 p.m. who said his female companion never made it back to the Camelback Mountain parking lot.
Police said the pair was hiking the mountain when the woman, who was visiting from out of town, became overheated halfway up.
She decided to return to the parking lot while her companion continued to the top of the mountain. When he returned to the vehicle, she was no where to be found, authorities said.
The missing hiker, who has not been identified, was found around 4:40 p.m. off the Echo Canyon Trail, next to a home, authorities said.
Over 30 technical rescue team members, as well as the Phoenix Police Department’s Firebird helicopter, were sent to the mountain to search for the missing hiker.
The case is now a death investigation led by the Phoenix Police Department.
No other information was made available.