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Hiker dies in high temperatures in Wayne County canyon

First Published      Last Updated Jul 24 2014 03:55 pm

High temperatures may have contributed to a hiker's death Tuesday in a Wayne County canyon.

The man was in Horseshoe Canyon when a group of hikers came upon him about 1 p.m., according to a county press release. The man asked them for food and water, which they gave him. He also asked them to take care of his dog, which was in his car at the trailhead.

The group of hikers relayed the man's request to another group of hikers, who went back to the trailhead and let the man's dog out of the car. As of 10:30 p.m., the man still hadn't returned to the car, so the group called search and rescue crews.

A U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger found the man's body about 2:20 a.m. Wednesday off the trail about a mile from the trailhead. He was carrying only a camera — no food or water — and appeared to have been unprepared for the day's high temperatures, which reached over 100 degrees, county officials reported. An autopsy is pending.

The man's name is being withheld until his family is notified of his death.