- On Saturday, a 16-year-old boy went for a hike in Picacho Peak State Park with his Boy Scout troop, according to AZ Central.
- The group ran out of water.
- When they reached the top of the peak, the boy, who has been identified as high school student Josh Michael White, began to demonstrate signs of extreme dehydration.
- Emergency responders couldn’t resuscitate White and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
- His exact cause of death remains unclear. Authorities told the Associated Press that they are investigating the situation.
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On Saturday, a 16-year-old boy from Arizona went hiking in Picacho Peak State Park with his Boy Scout troop, according to AZ Central.
A spokesperson for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office told the Associated Press that the group had water when they began their hike, but had run out by the time they reached the peak.
The boy, who has been identified as high school student Josh Michael White, began to demonstrate signs of extreme dehydration on the way down, according to AZ Family. According to the outlet, members of the Boy Scout cohort called for help.
When emergency responders arrived, they found White unconscious and couldn’t resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to AZ Central.
His exact cause of death remains unclear. Authorities told the Associated Press that they are investigating the situation.
According to AZ Family, White volunteered at the Summit Community Church and was a member of the junior varsity football team at Estrella Foothills High School.
Andy Price, Scout executive and CEO of the Grand Canyon Council with the Boy Scouts of America, told AZ Central in a statement that the community is “deeply saddened by the death” of White.
“We offer our sincerest condolences to his family, and we will support them in any way that we can,” Price said. “Please join us in keeping his family and friends everywhere in your thoughts and prayers.”
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