2 Female Hikers Found Dead In Nevada’s Valley Of Fire State Park

Two female hikers were found dead in Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park on Saturday, July 22, state police announced, per CNN. While details about the case are currently scarce, there are a few facts we do know so far.

  1. According to a statement from Nevada State Police, the two women were seen entering the park on early Saturday morning but were never seen to return. Fellow hikers asked authorities to perform a wellness check shortly before 3 p.m. on the same day, which is when the bodies were found.
  2. One of the women was discovered unresponsive on a trail inside the park, with the other hiker found inside a canyon. Both were pronounced dead at the scene by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s search and rescue team.
  3. The identities of the two hikers who passed away in Valley of Fire State Park have not yet been announced publicly, likely out of respect so that family members can be informed and the investigation can continue uninterrupted. Regardless of who they are, this was a terrible tragedy, to be sure.
  4. While no cause of death has been given for the women and an investigation is ongoing, the sweltering heat may have played a role. The high temperature on the day the women died was 114 degrees Fahrenheit, the National Weather Service reveals. An excessive heat warning had been placed on the state for the entire weekend, so hiking probably wasn’t the best idea.
  5. There have been more than the usual number of deaths in national parks in 2023, with five others having lost their lives since June 1 alone. However, August is the deadliest month for heat in the parks, so it seems the worst may still be yet to come.
  6. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said June 2023 was the hottest ever on record, but that didn’t prevent people from visiting desert parks in droves. The extreme heat directly led to the deaths of many people.
  7. In July 2023 alone, a 65-year-old man was found dead in a parked car at California’s Death Valley, while a 71-year-old man died at a trailhead there. While hiking in Big Bend National Park in Texas in 119-degree heat, a 14-year-old boy and his step-father were found dead, as well. Meanwhile, a 57-year-old hiker lost his life in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Extreme heat is said to have played a direct part in all of their deaths.
  8. While not officially attributed to the deaths, extreme heat stroke is a very dangerous condition that all of the victims likely experienced before they passed away. Heat stroke is an extremely serious condition that occurs when the body’s temperature regulation system fails and body temperature rises to dangerous levels. It is a medical emergency and requires immediate attention. Common symptoms include high body temp, dizziness and confusion, nausea and vomiting, a lack of sweat despite the heat, a painful, throbbing headache, rapid pulse, shallow breathing, muscle cramps and weakness, and more. If not immediately caught and treated, it can easily become fatal.

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