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Medical report: Texas men died from heat exposure on New Mexico hike

Medical report: Texas men died from heat exposure on New Mexico hike

The Associated Press
October 05, 2017 11:12 AM

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Autopsy findings show that a Texas man and his adult son had run out of water and died from heat exposure while hiking in Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southern New Mexico in June.

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The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported Tuesday that the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator listed the deaths of 57-year-old Robert Stuart Pluta and his 21-year-old son Robert Jr. as accidental, bringing an end to an investigation by authorities.

The bodies of the men from Corpus Christi, Texas, were found on a trail about a half mile apart on a day when temperatures soared above 100 degrees. Both men were avid and experienced hikers.

Medical investigator Veena Singh says in the report that no naturally-occurring water sources in the area could have provided relief.

Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, http://bit.ly/2y3TbpO

 

 

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