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Female hiker dies on Mount Shasta

An unidentified female hiker died making the descent down Mount Shasta earlier this week according to a news release.

The woman, 56, was pronounced dead by emergency service officials when they found her June 29.

West Hills, Calif., resident John Vajo, 53, said he and the female, from Calabasas, Calif., had gone hiking together Sunday morning with a plan to return Wednesday.

They began their hike from the Clear Creek trailhead. Both hikers got lost in a snowstorm Tuesday afternoon and had to take shelter in a tree well for the night. The female complained of blurred vision, exhaustion and disorientation. She stopped breathing at 10 p.m.

Vajo hiked over four miles to his vehicle and drove until he located road workers on Pilgrim Creek Road. He used one of their cell phones to call emergency officials.

The female was airlfited off the mountain. An autopsy is pending.