French couple dies in US desert, son survives

WASHINGTON (Neo Web Desk) A French couple died while hiking in the New Mexico desert but authorities rescued their nine-year-old son after finding photographs of him on his dead mother’s camera, officials said.David Steiner, 42, and Ornella Steiner, 51, both from the small town of Bourgogne near Reims, had been hiking in the White Sands National Monument on Tuesday afternoon when they apparently died from heat exhaustion, Otero County Sheriff’s Detective David Hunter said.“They underestimated the elements,” Hunter said on Friday, adding that autopsy results were still pending.Park rangers found the mother first while on a routine patrol. They checked her camera and saw that she had been with two other people, Hunter said.Authorities followed her tracks and found the body of the father, with the son nearby. He was dehydrated but responsive and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.The New York Daily News said authorities had contacted the French consulate and the boy’s grandmother had flown from France and taken custody of him on Thursday.

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