Man and grandson die on desert hike

9 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Grandson found dead miles from grandfather after going for help on hike.

GILA BEND, Ariz. (AP) — A man and his 12-year-old grandson were found dead several miles apart along a desert trail after they went hiking in central Arizona, and the boy likely died while going for help, authorities said. The bodies of Thomas Gillespie, 63, of Tucson, and Robert Miller of Prescott Valley were discovered late Wednesday in mountains near Gila Bend, about 50 miles southwest of Phoenix, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said. Officials are determining a cause of death, but it appeared Gillespie either died of exposure or had a medical emergency, sheriff’s spokesman Chris Hegstrom said. Searchers found Gillespie’s body about 5 miles from the trailhead where their vehicle was parked and the boy’s body about 1.5 miles from the trailhead, Hegstrom said.

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