Phoenix Police Do Not Suspect Foul Play In Death Of Hiker From Saugus

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Police in Phoenix, Ariz. said they do not suspect foul play in the death of hiker Angela Tramonte. The 31-year-old is originally from Saugus, Mass.

Tramonte was found dead Friday after hiking in extreme heat on Arizona's Camelback Mountain. Police said she had separated from a man she was hiking with when she went missing. The two had start hiking around 10 a.m. without water. He reported Tramonte missing around 1 p.m.

Police said that man was a city employee. His identity has not been revealed.

Witnesses said Tramonte decided to head back down the trail, but told the man to keep going to the top to take pictures for her social media. They had agreed to meet back at the car.

After a search, first responders later found her unresponsive around 4:40 p.m. off the Echo Canyon Trail, adjacent to a home, on the northeast side of the mountain. She was later pronounced dead.

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The initial investigation and an autopsy did not reveal any traumatic injuries, according to police. Tramonte was also found with her cell phone.

"At this time there is no evidence to indicate foul play is suspected in connection with Ms. Tramonte’s tragic death," Phoenix Police said in a statement. "The City employee who was with Ms. Tramonte is a witness and is cooperating with investigators. He has been granted personal time off and has been offered resources to deal with this tragedy."

Friends of Tramonte have started a GoFundMe for her, and are demanding answers about her death.

They wrote she had gone to Arizona to meet a man she had been “talking to online for two months.” They described him as a police officer and first responder.

“She supposedly walked back down the mountain ALONE to the car while this man continued on by himself. He clearly has no regard for her safety,” the friends wrote on the GoFundMe page.

They went on to write they want justice for their friend.

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