The 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.