Hiker found dead miles off Scottsdale mountain trail

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A hiker was found dead six miles off a mountain trail in Scottsdale around midday Tuesday.

It took Scottsdale fire crews about 30 minutes to reach the remote location at Chiricahua Pass in North Scottsdale's Desert Mountain area, north of Cave Creek Road, according to Scottsdale Fire Department Division Chief Jay Ducote.

The hiker and his wife separated because he wanted to hike further and they were going to meet back at the car, Ducote said.

The husband called his wife to say that he wasn't feeling well and she called 911, according to Ducote. He said dispatchers were notified the hiker had no pulse and was not breathing.

Two fire department members boarded a helicopter and began traveling to the site.

Enroute to the call, the fire department was notified that other hikers were performing CPR.

When first responders arrived, the victim, who was in his 60s, was pronounced dead.