An Ohio hiker was found dead in the Grand Canyon Sunday on a day when temperatures reached 46 degrees Celsius.
The death of Michelle Meder, 53, of Hudson, Ohio, was probably heat-related, the National Park Service said Monday. The park service said the hiker likely suffered heat stroke on the Tonto Trail near Monument Creek, and rangers were no longer able to save her. The woman was walking the Hermit Trail to the Bright Angel Trail on a multi-day tour Saturday, the Park Service said.
The investigation into Meder’s death is ongoing, and the coroner will determine the exact cause of death.
Because of the record-breaking heat wave in the Western United States, people are being asked to stay outdoors less and avoid dangerous hikes if possible.