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Man dies while searching for missing son in NM

Created: 10/24/2013 1:59 PM
By: The Associated Press

RESERVE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities in western New Mexico say the father of a missing hiker died while monitoring the search for his son near Reserve.
    
Search team spokesman Dave Baldridge says 70-year-old Ray Lockhart of Huntington Beach, Calif., died Wednesday while being transported to a hospital.
    
Lockhart's son, 43-year-old Steven Lockhart of Costa Mesa, Calif.,  has been missing since he became separated from fellow hikers Saturday in the Gila National Forest.
    
A search was launched Sunday.
    
Baldridge says a New Mexico State Police officer and a paramedic attended to the father after he collapsed at the hikers' camp.
    
The state medical investigator will determine the cause of death.

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Search and rescue crews are looking for a missing hiker in Reserve, N.M.
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