Amalia Barber, 23, was hiking in the Tortolita Mountains, located northwest of Tuscon, with her aunt, uncle, cousin and her friend from Purdue.
On their way back to the trail, Goldberg said Barber began experiencing heat-related symptoms approximately four hours into the hike. At that time, officials said Barber said she could not continue.
Goldberg said Barber could not consume water without vomiting. Officials said she began experiencing muscle cramps and started to breathe faster until she passed out. Family members called 911 and began administering CPR on Barber. At that time, Barber’s cousin and friend ran back to the trail to get the rescue crews.
Emergency crews arrived to the scene at approximately 1 p.m. Goldberg said the crews had difficulty locating the group, because their cell phone was giving them different locations. After 30 minutes of attempting to treat Barber, medics pronounced her dead on the scene.
The rest of the group was flown back down the mountain on a helicopter. Goldberg said the group was not well-enough prepared for the hike. He said they carried about half the water they needed and were all suffering from minor heat exhaustion. The temperature the day of the hike reached 93 degrees.
An autopsy is being conducted on Barber to determine the official cause of death.
According to Barber’s Facebook page, she studied mechanical engineering at Purdue University.