LOST HIKERS- SARA PARK/ LAKE HAVASU CITY

Published by The Bee News

August 29, 2022

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On Friday (8/26) at approximately 2:30 PM, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office was requested by the Lake Havasu City Fire Department to help locate four people (a 63-year-old female, a 61-year-old male, a 31- year-old male and a 27-year-old female) who had gone hiking earlier in the day at Sara Park and had become dehydrated and could not continue to the trailhead. The hikers were out of water, dehydrated and showing signs of heat exhaustion. Lake Havasu City Fire Department responded to the scene, while Search and Rescue was activated. Fire personnel had located three of the hikers who were severely dehydrated. The 63-year-old female and 27- year-old female were transported for immediate medical care. The 61-year-old male was transported back to the Command Post. After talking with the hikers, they indicated that the 31-year-old male had left them when they called 911, in search of the trailhead. At that time, he was showing signs of dehydration and fatigue and was believed to be heading back to the trailhead.
When Search and Rescue arrived on scene, hiking teams, biking teams and vehicle teams were deployed along the extensive trail system at Sara Park performing a route and location search. Both Western Air Rescue (Kingman DPS Ranger) and Central Air Rescue (Phoenix DPS Ranger) helicopters searched from the air, as well as inserted and extracted search teams in the search area. The search continued through the night and began again Saturday (8/27) morning. The male subject, identified as Kyle Matthew Movius, 31 of Irvine,CA, was located deceased at approximately 10:20 AM by search teams. He was located off the marked trail system in the desert wilderness. The group was visiting from out of town and was unfamiliar with the increased danger of hiking in the heat and the challenging trail system.

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