MOAB, UT - A 16-year-old Massachusetts girl died in southeastern Utah on Sunday after becoming separated from her hiking companions.
Elisa D. Santry was on the 16th day of a three-week outdoor course provided by the youth-adventure organization Outward Bound
. The organization identified the girl as a South Boston, Mass., resident.
According to a news release issued by Outward Bound, the girl was hiking through heavy brush in Lockhart Canyon, about 15 miles south of Moab. The girl and five other teenagers were trying to reach the Colorado River, where rafts were waiting for them.
Santry was noticed missing about 6 p.m. when the other teens emerged from the brush without her, Outward Bound said. She was found dead about five hours later near where the group entered the brush. According to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, Santry was in a small side canyon about a quarter mile from the boundary of Canyonlands National Park.
Outward Bound said it was trying to determine if the girl stopped to wait for another hiker who had injured her ankle.
The cause of death is under investigation, but the sheriff's office noted temperatures in the area reached about 110 degrees on Sunday.
Outward Bound President Mickey Freeman said the girl was found with water remaining in her bottle, had passed a medical screening and had no known health problems.
Outward Bound is canceling the remainder of the course, according to a news release form the organization.
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