Pima County Sheriff's Department

1750 E. Benson Highway
Tucson, AZ 85714
(520) 351-4600
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Press Release

Hiking in Extreme Heat Turns Deadly

Sent on 6/19/2016 11:00:03 PM

The extreme heat led to three Search and Rescue operations throughout Pima County for heat-related issues. The first rescue call came in around 11:30 a.m. and happened near Finger Rock Trail. Two hikers became lost and ran out of water. A 22-year-old male was airlifted from the trail and transported to Tucson Medical Center. A 19-year-old female died near the trail. It is believed that both hikers suffered from heat-related illness. The second rescue call was received at approximately 12:19 p.m. and happened near Seven Falls in Sabino Canyon. One 22-year-old female had heat-related issues and her friend called 911 for help. Deputies made contact with the hikers, provided them water, and they were able to hike out on their own. The third rescue call was received at approximately 1:45 p.m. Search and Rescue deputies responded to the Ventana Canyon Trail following a 911 call saying a passerby was made aware of some hikers who were possibly dehydrated. Deputies learned three men went hiking up the trail. One man was able to make it down, but the other two were not seen or heard from any further. Deputies located one man deceased near the trail approximately four miles from the trailhead. One hiker is still unaccounted for. It is unknown if he was able to get off of the trail to safety. The Search and Rescue Unit will continue to try to piece together more information for a last known location for the hiker that is still outstanding. Search efforts may resume based on the information collected. The cause of death for both hikers will ultimately be determined by the Office of the Medical Examiner; however, it is believed the deaths may be heat-related. We would like to remind everyone that physical activities in the heat need an abundance of preparation and limiting outdoor activities may be best during these extreme temperatures.

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