Latest News

Police find husband and wife dead on hiking trail while their young son survived

By Mason White 5:39 PM August 10, 2015
David and Ornella Steiner 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A couple from France, were hiking in the United States, when they tragically died.

The couple’s young son was rescued in New Mexico, after his parents died of heat exhaustion during a family hike.

David Steiner, 42, and his wife, Ornella Steiner, 51, decided to hike in the White Sands National Monument on Tuesday.

They were not prepared for the extreme desert heat as temperatures soared past 100 degrees, and they quickly succumbed to heat exhaustion.

Park rangers discovered the body of the mother, who had suffered a knee injury and was on her way back to their car.

The father and his 9-year-old son had continued hiking on trail. Rangers followed the tracks for 30 minutes, before finding the body of the father and his 9-year-old son next to him.

U.S. officials contacted the French consulate, who informed their family back home. The boy’s grandparents flew in from France, to take custody of the child.

The family only had two 20-ounce water bottles when they set out on the hike along the Alkali Flat trail of the national monument around 1:00 p.m.

The boy said that his parents allowed him to take 2 sips of water for every sip they took before the tragedy occurred.