Hiker Found Dead on the Side of Camelback Mountain
A reported missing hiker was found dead on the side of Camelback Mountain on Friday evening. It is believed she suffered from heat-related illness.
The family has identified the woman as 31-year-old Angela Tramonte from Boston.
Phoenix firefighters say Tramonte was visiting Phoenix for the first time and went hiking with a man on Echo Canyon Trail.
Officers responded to a call from a hiker around 1 p.m. who said his female companion never made it back to the Camelback Mountain parking lot.
Tramonte’s companion says she reportedly became overheated halfway up the trail and she decided to turn around and return to their car while he continued on the hike.
He hiked to the top of the mountain and then returned to the vehicle, and was unable to find her. Crews say the woman’s belongings were found inside of the car where she was not.
Over 30 technical rescue team members and the Phoenix Police Department’s Firebird helicopter, were sent to the mountain to search for the missing hiker.
Fire officials say Tramonte, was found around 4:40 p.m. off the Echo Canyon Trail, next to a home.
Firefighters believe that she was attempting to alert someone in the area before she collapsed. The case is now a death investigation led by the Phoenix Police Department.