- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities say a 68-year-old hiker missing since Monday has been found dead in the White Tank Mountains on the Phoenix area’s western outskirts.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials say the body of Cheryl Case was located Thursday and foul play is not suspected.

Detectives believe she got off the trail at some point and ended up on the west side of the mountain where she succumbed to the elements in the desert mountain park.

A friend reported Case missing when she failed to return late Monday from a hike in White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

They say Case was visiting the Phoenix area from California, but it’s unclear what city she lived in.

Case’s car was found at a trailhead and searchers used horses, tracking dogs, aircraft and all-terrain vehicles.

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