UK man’s body found in Death Valley

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch received notification on Sunday at approximately 7:00AM that remains had been discovered in a remote wash below Manly Beacon, west of Zabriskie Point in Death Valley.  The reporting party was part of an unrelated two-person hiking group.

Due to the remote area, California Highway Patrol helicopter H-82 out of Apple Valley was utilized to insert an Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy, and also provided transportation of the body.

The remains have been identified as David Legeno, a 50-year old United Kingdom man.  It appears that Legeno died of heat related issues, but the Inyo County Coroner will determine the final cause of death.   There are no signs of foul play.



8 Responses to UK man’s body found in Death Valley

  1. Rick O'Brien July 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    I’ll never understand what the deadly fascination that European’s have with DEATH Valley. Why don’t they visit in the SPRING, or in WINTER ?

  2. Tinner July 11, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    There are no deserts in the UK…or good mexican food.

    • Desert Tortoise July 12, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

      Two things. One is the heat. There is nothing remotely like that anywhere in Europe. Going in April doesn’t give you the full Death Valley experience. They want to be able to say they felt the burn when they go home to their dreary wet homeland.

      Second, is the emptiness. Have you ever been to Europe or the UK? You cannot drive more than maybe ten kilometers without encountering a town or city. It’s crowded. There are no vast open spaces left. Everything is built up. Europeans cannot believe there can be such huge swaths of land with so few people living there as we have here. It blows their mind. Also the huge distances are a new experience. You can basically drive from Scotland to London in one long day. Here that gets you from Yosemite to the Grand Canyon. I remember a British tourist in Yosemite asking me how long it would take to get to the Grand Canyon. I said about ten hours. He just about fell over. “But they are both on the same page of the map” he exclaimed. Look at the scale of the map my friend.

  3. Trouble July 11, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    Rick, I think it’s more about having something to do on their way to Vegas. It’s got a cool name??

  4. Norm Olson July 11, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    It is when they have the time off from work. Whole companies shut down for a month and everybody goes “on holiday” at the same time. You go when you can.

  5. Damien July 11, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    RIP Dave, great actor, played the part of Jack Whomes in Bonded By Blood brilliantly, you will be sadly missed by a lot of people mate

  6. Ken Warner July 11, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    Something missed in this article:

    Harry Potter actor Dave Legeno has died while hiking in Death Valley.
    The 50-year-old British actor played the werewolf Fenrir Greyback in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Parts 1 and 2.

  7. Mr. Pickles July 11, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    The Euros want to go to the hottest places on earth and cook and egg on the sidewalk, take a picture next to a thermometer or a selfie. They under estimate the dangers of the extreme heat just like underestimate the slippery rock above Yosemite’s waterfalls.


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