Experienced hiker dies at the bottom of the Grand Canyon

A Texas doctor died after making a wrong turn while hiking at the bottom of the Grand Canyon with her daughter and nephew.

Dr. Sarah Beadle was reported missing Tuesday after she hiked into the canyon along the South Kaibab Trail with the two children, ages 10 and 11.

Beadle left the kids in a safe place on the trail while she left to get water. When she never returned, the two youngsters flagged down other hikers and asked for help. The children were unharmed.

Beadle’s body was found by hikers on Thursday in an area where temperatures reached 100 degrees. There is no indication of foul play.

“Somewhere along the trail, she made a wrong turn and got lost,” her husband Scott wrote on Facebook. “The park rangers suspect she died of heat exhaustion.”

It is common to have one or two deaths a year occur in the Grand Canyon; they are primarily due to heat exhaustion or dehydration.

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