TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The body of a hiker was discovered at Saguaro National Park West on Saturday, Sept 17, and deputies believe the death may be heat related.
Search and rescue crews responded to the park at approximately 5:15 p.m., according to a press release from the Pima County Sheriff's Department.
They learned a 57-year-old man had gone missing near the Hugh Norris Trailhead after he separated from his group around 11:45 a.m.
Search crews found his body around 8:15 p.m., approximately a quarter-mile from the trailhead.
A single empty bottle of water and an empty Camelbak water container were found with his body.
The cause of death will be determined by the Office of the Medical Examiner, but it is believed the death was heat related.
Authorities have not yet identified the man.
PCSD and the National Park Service want to remind the public that preparation for outdoor activities is a year-round responsibility, not just during the summer months.
Although the temperatures can be significantly cooler in the early mornings, extreme heat can still set in as the day progresses.