57-Year-Old Woman Found Dead After Getting Separated From Husband on Arizona Hiking Trail

by Samantha Whidden

A 57-year-old woman Donna Miller has reportedly been found dead after getting separated from her husband while on a hiking trail in Arizona.

According to AZFamily, the Scottsdale Police Department confirms that the body of Donna Miller was found in the Brown’s Ranch hiking system. She was near Jomax and Alma School Road. She previously went missing early on Saturday while hiking with her husband. 

Miller’s husband reportedly told authorities that he and his wife starting hiking in the area around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. They were then separate but were planning to meet up a short time later. Unfortunately, Miller didn’t show up at the meeting spot. Her husband proceeded to call 9-1-1 at 3:15. Police discover Miller’s body after 9 p.m.

The cause of death for Miller does not confirm. However, the Scottsdale Police believe she suffered from a heat-related illness and environmental exposure. This happened while she was on the hiking trail. 

Prior to the discovery of Miller’s body, the National Weather Service in Phoenix announced an excessive heat warning going into effect from Sunday (September 12th) from 10 a.m. through Monday (September 13th) at 8 p.m. There were also hiking trail closures between those two days for Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak Trailhead. 

Miller’s Death Comes Just a Little Over a Month After Another Woman Dies on Hiking Trip in Arizona’s Camelback Mountain

Prior to Donna Miller’s death, 31-year-old Angela Tramonte passed away while on a hiking trip at Arizona’s Camelback Mountain in a dangerous heatwave.  

As previously reported, Tramonte decided to go on the hiking trip with a man she met just days prior to her death. The man, who reportedly was a first responder and cop, explained to authorities that she became extremely overheated about halfway through the trail. The temperature at the time was around 104 degrees. 

While she decided to turn back and head back to the car, he continued on with the hiking trip. He eventually hiked to the top of the mountain. But when he came back down, he didn’t Tramonte but the car. He decided to call 9-1-1 at that point. 

Fire officials at the time said they discovered Tramonte’s body outside of a home near the hiking trail and mountain. Authorities believe she was trying to alert someone of her overheating condition.

 A spokesperson of the Police Department also shares, “We ere concerned with the information we were given that she was visiting from out of town. From Boston, the Massachusetts area. Unfamiliar with this terrain. Unfamiliar possible with hiking in these elements. That’s when we became concerned.”

According to AZ Central, an average of 68 people in Arizona have died of heat-related illnesses every year from 2009 through 2019. The data is from the Arizona Department of Health Services.