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Palm Desert Station

Posted on: April 6, 2023

Death in a Public Place (Joshua Tree National Park)

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Riverside County Sheriff-Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Dave Morton

File # O230950015


On April 5, 2023, Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a remote hiking trail at the Joshua Tree National Park reference a 64-year-old male hiker who had been located unresponsive. Park Rangers responded to the scene and determined the hiker was deceased. The preliminary investigation indicates he suffered a medical emergency during his hike. No signs of foul play were located. The Coroner’s Bureau responded and took over the investigation.

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