Cover Story: The City Drags Feet After Camelback Hiker Disappears

The three-day disappearance of Eric Fernandes, a Seattle hiker who died on Camelback Mountain in May, attracted national attention — and second-guessing.

The location on Camelback Mountain’s north side where the body of Eric Fernandes was found.
Ray Stern
The location on Camelback Mountain’s north side where the body of Eric Fernandes was found.
A sign installed on Echo Canyon Trail in May urges hikers to take precautions.
Ray Stern
A sign installed on Echo Canyon Trail in May urges hikers to take precautions.
Eric Fernandes, from his Facebook page.
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Eric Fernandes, from his Facebook page.
Cliffs near where Fernandes’ body was located on June 3.
Ray Stern
Cliffs near where Fernandes’ body was located on June 3.
Maximo Fernandes, seen here with sons Shawn and Ryan, at a June 5 vigil for Eric held at Echo Canyon Park.
Ray Stern
Maximo Fernandes, seen here with sons Shawn and Ryan, at a June 5 vigil for Eric held at Echo Canyon Park.

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Fernandes could have done more to avoid a bad situation from the beginning, to be sure. But the quality of the search for him also was criticized — first by the missing hiker’s father, who became frustrated over the city’s frequent breaks in the search as it was going on, then by volunteer hikers and members of nonprofit search-and-rescue groups, who claim the city should have done more. Click here to read the entire story about the disappearance of Eric Fernandes.

 
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wyattphx
wyattphx

When I was a kid we'd spend the night on Camelback and (aside from our mothers) no one said boo about it, and I don't recall people disappearing or multitudes of hikers needing routine rescues.  Any death is sad, but this article is generally pointless.

pat029
pat029

YOU PEOPLE ARE JUST YELLOW RAG AS USUAL IT.S TO BAD THE YOUNG MAN DIED BUT WHAT RIGHT DO YOU HAVE TO START BLAMING PEOPLE YOU YELLOW RAGS ARE JUST TROUBLE MAKERS

pat029
pat029

YOU ARE JUST THE SAME OLD YELLOW RAG JUST TRYING TO START TROULE YOU YELLOW RAGS ARE ALL ALIKE JUST RAGS  LEAVE THE PEOPLE THAT TRYED TO HELP YOU YELLOW SCUM BAGS 

pat029
pat029

Well the yellow rag is out to start more trouble I am sorry the youngman died but what do want the city to do YOU YELLOW RAG GUY 'S MUST JUST SIT AROUND AND MAKE UP STORIES WITHOUT THINKING YOU DO TO THE FAMILY  WHY DO NOT THINK BEFORE YOU PRINT THIS YELLOW JUNK

rotorhead1871
rotorhead1871

there should be warnings about heat exhaustion and water requirements posted everywhere, this guy , being from Seattle, has NO idea of the heat that Phoenix folks take for granted.   I would not be critical of the volunteers.  They do NOT get paid to do this!....they do it as a community service....we are glad they  choose to participate in the search and rescue..

ladyrider
ladyrider

Why shouldn't the VOLUNTEER helpers take breaks?  Or any of the search teams?  Want them to all die too?  The idiots and I do mean IDIOTS as in MORONS that hike out here in triple digits and then say "Oh Gee I wonder why I am so dehydrated" - are just that complete and utter MORONS

 
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