Massachusetts Woman Found Dead After Hike at Camelback Mountain in Arizona

The scene in Phoenix, Ariz. during the search for the missing Massachusetts hiker Friday. – Phoenix Fire Department

A Massachusetts woman was found dead Friday afternoon after a hike at Camelback Mountain near Phoenix, Ariz., amid scorching heat, officials said.

The woman is believed to have been in her 30s and from the Boston area, Phoenix fire Captain Rob McDade told reporters at the scene Friday, according to video from ABC 15 in Phoenix.

The woman was found at about 4:40 p.m. off the Echo Canyon Trail near a home on the northeast side of the mountain, the Phoenix Fire Department said in a statement Friday.

She was found unresponsive “beyond resuscitative efforts and was pronounced deceased,” the statement read.

She appeared to not have water with her when she was found and was possibly attempting to seek help during the heat, McDade said. The National Weather Service in Phoenix said 104 degrees was the high for Friday.

“But at that point in time, [she] could have conceivably been in the early stages of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, where you become delirious, and unfortunately, your faculties are not about you,” McDade said.

The woman had arrived in town the day before, McDade said. She was hiking with a male companion who lives in the Phoenix area up Camelback Mountain, when she became overheated halfway up the trail and turned around to go to the parking lot, officials said. Her companion continued up the mountain.

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SOURCE: Boston Globe, Breanne Kovatch

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