Thursday 29 September 2016

Man and grandson die on desert hike

Published 09/07/2015 | 17:21

The two had gone hiking and their bodies were discovered in desert
The two had gone hiking and their bodies were discovered in desert

The bodies of a man and his 12-year-old grandson have been found several miles apart on a desert trail in central Arizona.

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It is believed the boy died while going for help.

The two had gone hiking and their bodies were discovered in mountainous desert near Gila Bend, about 50 miles south-west of Phoenix, according to the Maricopa County sheriff's office.

Sheriff's spokesman Chris Hegstrom identified the victims as 63-year-old Thomas Gillespie, of Tucson, and Robert Miller, of Prescott Valley. Officials are determining a cause of death.

A search began after a woman called officials on Wednesday afternoon to report her father and son had not been heard from since Tuesday morning.

Mr Hegstrom said a hotel manager where the two were staying said they left Tuesday morning to go hiking.

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