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3 Gallons of Water Not Enough for 4 in 100 Degree Heat in Palm Springs

May 5 2004 at 4:37 PM  (Login dipper)

Response to May Accident Reports


Beaumont hiker missing since Sunday was found Tuesday dehydrated and bruised in the Indian Canyons near Palm Springs, authorities said.

Marcenia Alvarado, 26, was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center, which wouldn't release any information about her condition at Alvarado's request, a hospital spokeswoman said. Riverside County sheriff's Cpl. Dennis E. Gutierrez said she would be fine.

Alvarado became separated from her group Sunday afternoon and was later reported missing. A Desert Sheriff's Search and Rescue team found Alvarado down a steep, brush-covered ravine about 7:30 a.m. near an area known as Needle's Eye after spotting a red tank top on West Fork Trail from a helicopter, according to sheriff's Sgt. Pete Ortiz.

Marcenia Alvarado was found near an area known as Needle's Eye in the Indian Canyons.

Alvarado was about 3.5 miles from the trailhead and was severely dehydrated and had multiple bumps and cuts on her arms and legs, he said.

Alvarado and three other recreational hikers set off late Sunday morning and ran out of water, Ortiz said. The four were hiking in triple-digit temperatures and had about three gallons of water among themselves, he added.

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