Heat a factor in death of Ohio resident at Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park

(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Ohio resident on a backpacking trip at the Grand Canyon has died of a suspected heat-related illness.

Park officials said Monday that 53-year-old Michelle Meder died over the weekend while hiking down a rocky, strenuous trail amid a heat wave.

They say Meder became disoriented and later unconscious.

The park is working with the local medical examiner’s office on an exact cause of death.

The U.S. West has been enduring a heat wave with triple-digit temperatures in many locations. The temperature at Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon hit 115 degrees on Sunday, tying the previous record for the day.

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