Two women were found dead at State Park outside of Las Vegas
Two women were found dead Saturday at Valley of Fire State Park outside of Nevada, police said, after a group of hikers noticed they were missing.
The two women were seen leaving a park path Saturday morning, but a separate group of hikers saw they had not returned and called police, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police told KLAS.
When Nevada State Police arrived to investigate around 2:45 p.m., they discovered one of the deceased women on one of the hiking trails, police said.
The Rangers then called in an LVMPD search and rescue team to help locate the second woman.
According to police, she was later found dead in a ravine.
Police have not yet identified the two women and their cause of death has not yet been released.
Valley of Fire State Park is about 45 minutes northeast of downtown Las Vegas, where temperatures hit triple digits on Saturday.
The deaths came just days after a 71-year-old hiker collapsed and died in nearby Death Valley National Park in searing temperatures of nearly 120 degrees.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office said earlier this week that there have been at least 16 confirmed heat-related deaths in Las Vegas due to a sweltering heatwave, although the actual number could be higher, KNTV reported.
An excessive heat warning remains in effect for southern Nevada, and officials have urged residents to limit outdoor activities.