Man dies hiking in Superstition Mountains

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. – A 57-year-old man died while hiking in the Superstition Mountains Sunday afternoon.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office received a report about a man who had become unconscious while hiking on the First Water Trail, according to Deputy Joaquin Enriquez.

Deputies and Apache Junction firefighters located Michael Raymond Morrison approximately three-tenths of a mile from the trailhead, Enriquez said. Morrison showed no signs of life and was pronounced dead at the scene about 2:30 p.m.

Enriquez said Morrison had started hiking with his nephew and two friends at about 8 a.m. They told deputies they hiked the Second Water Trail to the Black Mesa Trail and turned around.

They were about halfway back when Morrison told his nephew that he was experiencing tightness and pain in his chest. They continued hiking and taking frequent breaks until Morrison told his nephew to call 911 at about 1:40 p.m.

One of the members of the group ran to the parking lot and used someone's cellphone to call 911 while the others attempted CPR.

Sheriff's detectives said Morrison had a prior heart condition and there were no indications of foul play or suspicious circumstances.