Tourist dies in the Arizona desert

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A tourist from California was found dead in the Arizona desert Friday afternoon.

Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies said the woman, whose name has not been released, was riding in a car with her elderly parents when it rolled on 411th Avenue south of Interstate 10 around 6:00am.

The woman, in her 30s, left the vehicle, presumably to get help. Her parents stayed in the car.

Another driver found the car and called for help, but the woman's parents only speak Vietnamese.   Hours later, with the help of a translator at the hospital, they finally conveyed that their daughter was still in the desert somewhere.

MCSO searchers found the woman dead just before 4:00pm.   

"There's nothing suspicious. At this point, our best guess is the elements got to her. That, possibly combined with a head wound she suffered in the crash," said Jeff Sprong of the MCSO.

Her parents are recovering from dehydration and minor injuries at West Valley Hospital.