Ohio resident dies at Grand Canyon

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FILE – In this Oct. 5, 2013, file photo, the Grand Canyon National Park is covered in the morning sunlight as seen from a helicopter near Tusayan, Ariz. Edward Keable, a veteran lawyer for the U.S. Interior Department, has been appointed as the new superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park, a crown jewel of the park system. The National Park Service announced Friday, April 3, 2020, that Keable will assume his new post in northern Arizona within 60 days.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

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, of Hudson Ohio, 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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