A Fort Worth doctor reported missing in the Grand Canyon has died, her husband wrote in a Facebook post.
Dr. Sarah Beadle, 38, a doctor at Baylor Emergency Medical Center in Keller, was found by a search team Wednesday afternoon, her husband wrote.
She was hiking down the South Kaibab Trail with two children, ages 10 and 11, when one of the children started feeling dizzy from heat exhaustion and they’d run out of water, he said in the post.
His wife left the children in a safe spot and went ahead to get help and water, he wrote.
“Somewhere along the trail, she made a wrong turn and got lost. The park rangers suspect she died of heat exhaustion.”
Grand Canyon National Park officials said Beadle, an experienced backpacker and hiker, had reservations at the Bright Angel Campground for Tuesday but never showed up.
Her backpack was found near the junction of South Kaibab Trail and the River Trail on Tuesday afternoon. The children were found by another hiker who gave them water and took them to the camp.
Beadle’s body was found near the Black Bridge at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, about 3/4 of a mile from Phantom Ranch and the Bright Angel Campground, the park’s emergency services said in a post Thursday. It said the park service and the Coconino County, Ariz., medical examiner are investigating.
An outpouring of condolences started appearing on Scott Beadle’s Facebook page almost immediately after he posted the news Wednesday. Here’s a sampling:
Baylor Emergency Medical Center issued a statement Thursday saying, “Dr. Beadle was a beloved member of our team, and she’ll be missed by all with whom she came in contact, having worked at the medical center for a year and a half.
“We would like to thank the dedicated first responders and search teams who worked tirelessly yesterday. At this difficult time, we ask for privacy for her colleagues and family.”