Authorities are investigating an incident where a Boy Scout hike in the Arizona desert ended in tragedy with the death of a 16-year-old teenager.
Pinal County sheriff’s officials inform the troop had water but ran out when they reached the top of Picacho Peak on April 27 and on the way down the boy began to exhibit signs of extreme dehydration.
KGUN-TV reported Thursday, a park ranger arrived along with members of the Avra Fire Department and tried to resuscitate the boy but was unsuccessful.
It’s unclear if the lack of water led to the boy’s death during the hike in Pichaco Peak State Park, as the Associated Press reported.
While interviewing a member of his Boy Scout troop who was also a classmate the boy was identified as Josh White.
An online eulogy said Josh was an active organ of his Boy Scout troop achieving Life Rank, he also played football for his high school’s junior varsity team and was a student volunteer at his church.