REPORT: Searchers find missing hiker dead, his dog alive next to him: “Far, far away from civilization”

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Precott, Ariz. — A missing hiker was found dead, his dog alive and lying next to him, in rugged forest in north-central Arizona five days after reporting he was lost, authorities said Thursday.

Searchers found the body of Donald Hayes on Wednesday near Mingus Mountain after six days of looking for the 74-year-old Prescott Valley man, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The article goes on to state the following:

Hayes had called his wife to ask her to report to authorities that he was lost, which triggered six days of air and ground searching, the office said.

The rugged terrain in which Hayes’ body was found made it difficult for searchers to reach.

Hayes took his black and white Labrador, Ranger, hiking with him and was found lying next to Hayes when his body was found. The condition of the dog was not divulged, however, a sheriff’s spokesperson said, it “was more than likely very dehydrated and malnourished.”

Ranger was taken to the animal hospital for treatment before being returned to Hayes’ wife.


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  1. My husband and I are hiking enthusiasts. There is nothing else that allows us to escape the current “new” normals that has become so overwhelmingly suffocating. We prefer to walk with Gods beauty surrounding us and not manmade concrete world. May God bring peace to his family knowing he died doing what he loved.

  2. So sorry to hear. Praying for his pup to heal and peace and comfort to his wife. says a lot about dogs. Another gentleman was found dead recently with his dog by his side in Griffith Park Los Angelas. So good to have our loyal pups during these tough times.


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