4:09 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

California Man Stricken At NM Camp Of Missing Son

Authorities in western New Mexico say the father of a missing hiker died while monitoring the search for his son near Reserve.

Missing In Gila National Forest
Missing In Gila National Forest
Credit New Mexico Search and Rescue

Search team spokesman Dave Baldridge says 70-year-old Ray Lockhart of Huntington Beach, Calif., died Wednesday while being transported to a hospital.

Lockhart's son, 43-year-old Steven Lockhart of Costa Mesa, Calif., has been missing since he became separated from fellow hikers Saturday in the Gila National Forest.

A search was launched Sunday.

Baldridge says a New Mexico State Police officer and a paramedic attended to the father after he collapsed at the hikers' camp .

The state medical investigator will determine the cause of death.

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