A Seattle hiker whose disappearance on Camelback Mountain in June launched a tepid, three-day search died of heat-related complications, officials say.
The body of Eric Fernandes, 23, was found on June 3 by a hiker who, along with some friends, had taken it upon themselves to keep searching after authorities held back. New Times covered the tragedy and the authorities' lackluster search, in a July 9 feature article
"There was no evidence of foul play," wrote Dr. Mark Shelly, Maricopa County Medical Examiner, in a report obtained by New Times on Friday. Fernandes "likely developed an elevated core temperature that led to unconsciousness and ultimately death."