Heat a factor in death of Ohio resident backpacking at Grand Canyon


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Ohio resident on a backpacking trip at the Grand Canyon has died of a suspected heat-related illness.

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Park officials said Monday that 53-year-old Michelle Meder died over the weekend while hiking down a rocky, strenuous trail amid a heat wave. They say Meder became disoriented and later unconscious.

The park is working with the local medical examiner’s office on an exact cause of death.

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The U.S. West has been enduring a heat wave with triple-digit temperatures in many locations. The temperature at Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon hit 115 degrees on Sunday, tying the previous record for the day.


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