1 dead, 1 missing after hiking in Lake Mead Recreation Area

LAS VEGAS -- A man was found dead within Lake Mead Recreation Area and the woman, believed to be hiking with him, is missing.

The two had hiked the Arizona Hot Springs trail on June 3. A man's body was found on June 5, according to the Lake Mead Recreation Area Interagency Communication Center.

Rangers received a call that James Edward Johnson, 62, and Christina Diane Montes, 35, left to hike the trail on June 3 and they took little food and no water. The National Park Service and Arizona Department of Public Safety are continuing search efforts.

Montes, who is from Henderson, is described as being 5-foot-2-inches tall and weighing around 100 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing white skinny jeans, a blue top and white flip flops.

Rangers discourage people from hiking the six-mile trail during hot summer months because there is no shade or water. It's advised hikers carry one to two gallons of water per person.



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