Police, medical examiner provide update on Scottsdale hiker’s death

Oct 26, 2021, 1:30 PM
Lost Dog Wash trailhead (McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Photo)...
Lost Dog Wash trailhead (McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Photo)
(McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Photo)

PHOENIX – Authorities have identified the woman who died while hiking in Scottsdale over the weekend and released cause of death information.

Raleigh Rosen, an Arizona woman in her 40s, was hiking with a friend late Sunday afternoon in the Lost Dog Wash Trail system when she started having trouble breathing and lost consciousness, the Scottsdale Police Department said in a press release Tuesday.

They were about 1½ miles from the trailhead, which is near 124th Street and Via Linda, at the time, police said.

Rosen never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead by Scottsdale Fire Department responders.

Police attributed the death to medical reasons and said no foul play was suspected.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office website lists Rosen’s manner of death as “natural” with “atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease” — thickening or hardening of the arteries that can restrict blood flow and trigger a heart attack or stroke, according to the Mayo Clinic — as the primary cause of death.

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Police, medical examiner provide update on Scottsdale hiker’s death