UPDATE: 43-Year-Old Foreign National Dies in Murray Canyon

Sheriff's deputies from the Palm Desert station were called to Murray Canyon in South Palm Springs shortly before 1:30 p.m.

Update 11:33 a.m. Sept. 9, 2012:

The hiker who died in Murrary Canyon Saturday was a 43-year-old foreign national but his name had yet to be released Sunday.

An autopsy was scheduled for this week and toxicology tests will be performed as well, according to the Riverside County Coroner's office.

The man was found unresponsive Saturday afternoon on Coffman Trail, on the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation, according to coroner's officials.

There was no word on his companion, who was found severely dehydrated and taken to a hospital.


A hiker died in Murray Canyon Saturday and his companion was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, officials said.

Deputies from the Riverside County sheriff's Palm Desert station were called by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians tribal Rangers to the Indian Canyons area in South Palm Springs shortly before 1:30 p.m., according to Sgt. Shaun Myers.

Deputies found one hiker unresponsive and another severely dehydrated, Myers said in a written news statement.

Rangers had unsuccessfully performed CPR on the unresponsive hiker but he was pronounced dead at the scene, the sergeant said.

Sheriff's officials caution hikers to always carry proper equipment, such as GPS devices and compasses, and also to wear the right clothing and have plenty of water.

Hikers should also always inform family and friends of their travel plans so that if they are late, someone will notify authorities.

Michael Smith September 09, 2012 at 04:49 PM
This is really sad. We read about these things over and over - like the couple up at the TRAM who were lost for days. Just like the article says: let people know where you're going, take right equipment and water. How can we prevent these things from happening? MS
Ron Moon September 09, 2012 at 11:57 PM
If I'm reading the News Story correctly, the Sherriff which technically has juridiction in that particular are of South Palm Springs, does not mention Paramedic or Ambulance response. Is my assumption incorrect? I also believe there is an agreement with Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians that Palm Springs Fire and Police will respond in case of an Emergency. Did either agency respond @ any point?
Papa Rich September 10, 2012 at 01:29 PM
It might be better if these trails were closed in the warmer season due to the fact that people just don't understand the desert killing factor..its usually folks from elsewhere...
linda hanna September 10, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Is a "foreign national" the same thing as an illegal immigrant? Just wondering.
Steven Hanson September 10, 2012 at 04:51 PM
No. I think it means a citizen of another country who is here on a passport.


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