Three hikers have died in Arizona in barely a week, two of them after getting lost and running out of water.
The map above shows the approximate locations of the incidents.
1/ Aug. 27, SARA Park, Lake Havasu. Kyle Matthew Movius, 31, of Irvine, Calif., was found dead about 20 hours after his hiking party made a 911 call reporting they were lost and out of water as temperatures exceeded 100 degrees. His three companions were found, and two were treated for dehydration; Movius had left them to try to make his way to the trailhead.
2/ Sept. 4, Thunder River Trail, Grand Canyon National Park. Delphine Martinez, 59, of Window Rock, Ariz., “became disoriented and later unconscious” while hiking on the Thunder River Trail near the convergence of the Colorado River and Tapeats Creek, a press release from the park said. She could not be resuscitated and died in the canyon.
Temperatures in the canyon were well above 100 on Sunday, including 115 at Phantom Ranch.
3/ Sept. 5, Spur Cross Trail, north of Cave Creek. Six people were rescued by helicopter after an emergency call from a wilderness preserve at the north edge of the Phoenix metro area. One of them — Evan Dishion, 32 — died at a hospital. The cause was said to be extreme heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
An official with the Scottsdale Fire Department said the group was about four miles in on the trail when they ran out of water and got lost. Their phones were dead, and they had to borrow someone else’s phone to call 911. The temperature was around 110 at the time.
Dishion, a physician, was a neurology resident at Barrow Neurological Institute, in Phoenix. He received his undergraduate degree from Oregon State and his medical degree from Creighton University, in Omaha. A GoFundMe page says he was married and had a 3-month-old daughter.