An Arizona congressional staffer was discovered dead in a remote part of Death Valley, just days after going missing on a camping trip with his girlfriend, according to authorities.
According to the Inyo County Sheriff’s office in a series of press releases, Alexander Lofgren, 32, and Emily Henkel, 27, both of Tuscon, were found on a steep ledge Thursday via aerial reconnaissance.
When rescuers arrived at the couple’s location on Friday, they discovered Lofgren had died. Henkel was alive and had been flown to a hospital facility for treatment.
Lofgren and Henkel were declared missing on April 6 after failing to return from a camping trip on their scheduled return date of April 4.
The couple’s missing Subaru car was discovered Thursday morning, along with a note directing authorities to their place in Death Valley’s Willow Creek district.
Lofgren worked for Arizona Democrat Rep. Raúl Grijalva.
Cause of death has not been released yet.