GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Authorities searching for a North Texas woman who was reported missing at the Grand Canyon while on a trip say she was found dead.
Grand Canyon National Park officials say Dr. Sarah Beadle of Fort Worth had reservations to stay at Phantom Ranch on Tuesday but didn’t arrive.
On social media, Beadle’s husband, Scott, confirmed her death saying that during a hike one of the children was suffering from heat exhaustion and they ran out of water. The post of Facebook read, in part —
“Sarah left Laura and Evan in a safe location while she went ahead to get water and some help,” it read. “Somewhere along the trail she made a wrong turn and got lost.”
Search teams discovered the body of the 38-year-old on Wednesday afternoon and about three-quarters of a mile from the Phantom Ranch lodge.
Park officials say the family was hiking down the South Kaibab Trail. Sarah’s backpack was found near the junction of the South Kaibab Trail and the River Trail.
Park officials say Beadle’s two children — ages 10 and 11 — are safe and accounted for. The post by Scott Beadle said, “Another hiker found Laura and Evan, gave them some water and escorted them to the camp.”
Friends and family say Sarah Beadle was an experienced backpacker and hiker who last hiked at the Grand Canyon in 2002.
“She was on a trip with the kids visiting national parks, but I don’t have all the details,” said Beadle’s older brother Charles Lawrence Springer, of the Baton Rouge area in Louisiana. “I know they had gone to Yellowstone (National Park) as well.”
Dr. Beadle was an emergency room doctor at Baylor Emergency Medical Center in Keller.
The Coconino County Medical Examiner and members of the National Park Service are investigating Beadle’s death. According to Park officials, about a dozen people die in the Grand Canyon each year.
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