Park rangers, search and rescue personnel and a CHP helicopter searched for a reported missing hiker in the Jumbo Rock Campground area of the Joshua Tree National Park on June 6, officials reported.
The search began at about 3:30 p.m., and after six hours of searching for the hiker, search and rescue members found a deceased hiker in the area.
Investigators from the Thermal Station arrived on the scene and assumed the investigation.
The hiker’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Riverside Sheriff’s deputies advise outdoor enthusiasts to be adequetly prepared for the extreme weather conditions during the warm summer months. They recommend hikers bring plenty of water, dress appropriately, and have a fully charged cell phone.
They also said it is critical to let friends and family members know what your itinerary is in the case you become lost, search and rescue workers will have a better idea where to find you.
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