Lost Dutchman hiker suffered cardiac arrest

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Body of missing hiker found By Jennifer Thomas Body of missing hiker found By Jennifer Thomas

UPDATE -- Thursday, Sept. 17:

PHOENIX -- A hiker whose body was found in Lost Dutchman State Park Tuesday evening suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.

Rescue crew recovered the body of Kelly Tate five days after he was reported missing. Tate's body was found near the Discovery Trail head in the park.

The preliminary autopsy report revealed that Tate had a diseased blood vessel in his heart, which caused him to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest.

Tate had been dead for four to five days when his body was found.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

PHOENIX -- There is still no sign of a man who went for a day hike Thursday in Lost Dutchman State Park.

Kelly Tate, 53, left his home Thursday morning and told his wife he would be back that evening.

About 150 people walked, used tracking dogs, searched on horseback and even sent aircraft up to scan the area for Tate, but there's still no sign of him.

According to Pinal County sheriff's deputies, the man's motorcycle is still in the parking lot at the park.

Tate's originally from Mesa but works in China and was in town visiting family.