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Big Bend crash site where Florida man died in car after his stepson died in extreme heat

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EXCLUSIVE: Crash site where park police found man, 31, dead in his family’s Winnebago in Big Bend National Park after he rushed to find help for his stepson, 14, who died while hiking in 120F

  • The 14-year-old died on Friday after tackling the merciless Marufo Vega Trail 
  • His stepfather is now believed to have also died from ‘heat-related symptoms’ 

This is the crash site where National Parks Police found a 31-year-old man dead inside his family’s Winnebago after he passed out at the wheel while searching for help for his heat-stricken 14-year-old stepson. 

The tragedy played out on Friday June 23 in the Big Bend National Park in southern Texas. Neither the boy nor his stepfather have yet been publicly named. 

They had ventured out along with the boy’s 21-year-old brother, battling 120F heat, to take on the challenging Marufo Vega Trail when the teenager lost consciousness. 

Panicked and desperate to find help, the 31-year-old from Florida ran back to their vehicle. 

This is the crash site where National Parks Police found a 31-year-old man dead inside his family’s Winnebago after he passed out at the wheel while searching for help for his heat-stricken 14-year-old stepson

He drove off, looking for help, but lost control and ended up driving over a popular tourist overlook. He had died by the time police found him. 

While the results of their autopsies are yet to become public, investigators believe he may too have died because of the heat.

‘It is fair to say the father suffered from some heat-related symptoms too,’ a source close to the investigation said. 

The 14-year-old’s older brother was carrying him back to the trailhead when he too died. 

DailyMail.com understands the 21-year-old is now back in Florida with the boy’s mother, who is yet to comment on the tragedy. 

They had ventured out along with the boy's 21-year-old brother, battling 120F heat, to take on the challenging Marufo Vega Trail when the teenager lost consciousness

They had ventured out along with the boy’s 21-year-old brother, battling 120F heat, to take on the challenging Marufo Vega Trail when the teenager lost consciousness

In a press release, National Parks Police said: ‘The Marufo Vega Trail winds through extremely rugged desert and rocky cliffs within the hottest part of Big Bend National Park. 

‘No shade or water makes this strenuous trail dangerous to attempt in the heat of summer.

‘Big Bend is currently experiencing extreme heat with daily highs reaching 110-119 F at low elevations and along the Rio Grande.’ 

Spokesman Tom VandenBerg added: ‘Our entire park community sends our deep condolences to the family and great appreciation to the dedicated first responders who reached the scene under extreme condition.’  

DailyMail.com understands the 21-year-old is now back in Florida with the boy's mother, who is yet to comment on the tragedy

DailyMail.com understands the 21-year-old is now back in Florida with the boy’s mother, who is yet to comment on the tragedy

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