California couple dead along southern Utah trail

by The Associated Press
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KANAB, Utah (AP) – Authorities say a California couple is dead after hiking a southern Utah trail in temperatures higher than 100 degrees.

Kane County deputies say 70-year-old Ulrich Wahli and his 69-year-old wife Patricia Wahli were found dead Thursday morning in a popular hiking area called The Wave. Officials say both are from the San Jose, Calif. suburb of Campbell.

Deputies say fellow hikers reported a woman dead under a tree just off the trail. A helicopter recovered the body.

Sheriff’s officials who returned to the scene also found a man dead about 250 yards away from the woman.

Authorities believe the woman may have been seeking shade and died Wednesday, and her husband may have been overcome while looking for help.

Twenty people are permitted to hike The Wave each day.

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