Dr. Sarah Beadle, 38, was an experienced hiker and was out hiking in the Grand Canyon recently with her daughter and nephew, aged 10 and 11. She became lost after taking a wrong turn and park rangers later found her body and believe she died of Heat Exhaustion.

Doctor hikes further into Grand Canyon seeking help and water

Dr. Beadle reportedly took a wrong turn and became lost on Tuesday while hiking along the South Kaibab Trail into the Grand Canyon after one of the children was suffering from heat exhaustion. She had decided to leave the two children somewhere safe while she went ahead to find water and get help, but became lost.

The two children were later found by a hiker, but there was no sign of Dr. Beadle.

Search launched for missing hiker in Grand Canyon

After a search was launched, park rangers discovered Dr. Beadle’s body in a place in the canyon where temperatures can reach 100 degrees. Authorities said there were no signs of foul play and contacted her husband, Scott Beadle to advise him they had found her body on Wednesday to the north of the Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon.

Husband posts to Facebook about his loss

As reported by CBS News, Scott posted on Facebook to confirm Dr. Beadle’s death. He explained that one of the two children had been suffering from heat exhaustion after the group had run out of water.

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Beadle added that his wife left the children somewhere safe while she went looking for water and help, but got lost on the trail. He said the two children had been found by another hiker, who gave them some water and both children were unharmed by the experience.

The New York Daily News reports that Dr. Beadle was employed at Baylor Emergency Medical Center in Fort Worth. According to her husband’s Facebook post, she enjoyed traveling with the family and sharing their experiences. Charles Lawrence Springer, the doctor’s older brother, told the media his sister had regularly taken the children to various national parks and had experience at hiking and had hiked the Grand Canyon in the past.

Not recommended to hike in Grand Canyon during the heat of the day

Jeff Schwartz, a ranger who works in the Grand Canyon, said there is no potable water to be found along the South Kaibab Trail Dr. Beadle had followed, or creek water to cool down with. He said they experience one or two deaths each year due to dehydration or heat exhaustion, adding that the environment is “much less forgiving” in the summer months. Schwartz said they recommend hikers to only hike during the mornings or evenings, when the temperature is milder and there is more shade to be had.