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Temperature reaches a record 115°

Pima County sheriff's officials release photo of missing hiker

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Tucson recorded its third heat-related death on Sunday night when a woman walking on The Loop multi-use path collapsed and died, sheriff's officials said Monday.

Officials on Monday also identified the two hikers who died while out on trails north of Tucson as well as a third hiker who is presently believed to be missing in the Catalina Mountains.

The woman, 54-year-old Jana Kirkpatrick, was reported missing at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. She was found dead on the walking path in the 4900 block of South Outlet Drive, near East Irvington Road and Interstate 10.

Sheriff's officials are attributing her death to the heat.

The two hikers who died were identified as Adrienna Rasmussen, 18, who was hiking with a male companion on the Finger Rock Trail, and Stefan Guenster, 57, from Germany, who died while hiking on the Ventana Canyon Trail No. 98 on Sunday.

Also, authorities are still searching for another hiker who went missing in Ventana Canyon on Sunday during record-breaking heat.

Search-and-rescue officials resumed the search Monday morning for another German man who was hiking with Guenster. The missing hiker, identified as Marcus Turowski, 33, of Germany, was in a group of three men hiking up a trail when they apparently became dehydrated.

One of the men was able to hike out of the trail and searchers found Guenster dead about four miles from the trailhead, officials said.

Two people died Sunday while hiking in the Tucson area, including a woman hiking on the Finger Rock Trail. The rescue effort in Ventana Canyon was one of three major rescue efforts conducted Sunday.

Sunday’s high reached 115, which broke the 112-degree record set in 1989. Look for a high of 109 in Tucson on Monday. The National Weather Service said the dangerous heat will continue today and Tuesday, with slightly lower high temperatures expected by Wednesday.

More heat-related deaths, including a 28-year-old woman who died while mountain biking, were reported in the Phoenix area this weekend as temperatures topped out there at 118 degrees.

Despite the intense Arizona heat, hikers could still be found on trails along the Catalina Mountains.

The female hiker, believed to be 19 years old and from out of state, was hiking the Finger Rock Trail with a male partner when they lost their way, according to Deputy Courtney Rodriguez, a Pima County sheriff’s spokeswoman.

A call for help was placed around 11:30 a.m., Rodriguez said.

Search-and-rescue deputies from the Sheriff’s Department and Southern Arizona Rescue Association attempted to retrieve the two by helicopter, but the woman died before they reached the scene.

The male hiker was taken to Tucson Medical Center, where he was being treated for his injuries.


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