SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 56-year-old Orem woman has been identified as the hiker who collapsed and died this week on a hot desert trail in Capitol Reef National Park.
Garfield County officials suspect that Dorothy Gillespie suffered heat exhaustion as temperatures neared 100 degrees while hiking Thursday along the popular Brimhall Double Bridge Trail.
Deputies say Gillespie’s husband hiked out to seek help but by the time emergency personnel arrived, she had died.
The sheriff’s office said in a statement the official cause of death will be determined after an autopsy is conducted by the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office.
Deputies said it’s important for hikers to be aware of the deadly risk of desert heat and to make sure they remain well-dehydrated.
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