Certain areas of Arizona have been seeing dangerous, blistering heat waves. Temperatures in certain parts of the state have been soaring as high as 118 degrees. One woman went hiking at Camelback Mountain on Friday evening.
Her name was Angela Tramonte, a 31-year-old from Boston. She was visiting Phoenix for the very first time and decided to go on a hike with a man she had met a few days ago. The pair set off on Echo Canyon Trail together.
The man who accompanied her later said that she became extremely overheated about halfway through the trail. She started to turn around to get back to the car. Meanwhile, he just continued on with the hike. The temperature at the time was reported at about 104 degrees.
Woman Dies from Heat During Arizona Hike
According to ABC 15, the man hiked to the very top of the mountain and returned to the car. He did not see Tramonte anywhere near the car. He called 911 at this point.
Instead, fire officials later found her dead outside of a home near the trail and the mountain. Her belongings were inside the car, but she was not. Given the location she was in prior to her death, officials believe that she was trying to alert someone of her condition in order to receive medical attention.
The New York Post also reported on the tragic story. The publication shared the news on its Instagram page as well. Several people made comments saying that some things just weren’t adding up to them.
One person wrote, “Wait he’s a first responder and a police officer and didn’t help her when she was in distress? That makes no sense he’s trained to assess a situation and offer help. Something doesn’t make sense.”
According to WCVB, the man was her boyfriend. The two had met on Instagram two months prior to meeting to go hiking.
Officials are also skeptical of the entire situation. “We were 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 possibly with hiking in these elements. That’s when we became concerned. That’s when we started using every resource of the Phoenix Police Department,” a spokesperson from the police station said.
The heatwave throughout the West has increased the amount of heat-related deaths recently. For example, temperatures ran extremely high during late June.
According to The Seattle Times, there were at least 78 heat-related deaths confirmed by the Department of Health in Washington state.
“Heat waves [are] how climate change kills us today,” Friederike Otto, a scientist from the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University, said regarding the situation.