Woman dies in Arizona desert after walking with police officer she first met

A woman has died in the Arizona desert less than 24 hours after arriving in the area for a walk with a police officer she had just met after two months of speaking online.

Angela Tramonte’s body was discovered by mountain rescue teams at the Echo Canyon Trail on the northeast side of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, after an extensive search for her.

Tramonte, 31, had traveled to the area from her home in Saugus, Massachusetts to meet Phoenix agent Dario Dizdar who she had been talking to on Instagram for two months.

The pair had gone on a hike up the mountain trail, but Tramonte had turned halfway through after she “overheated” as Dizdar continued hiking.

Tramonte’s friends say she complained to the police officer and first responder that she was “exhausted and unable to continue.”

But when Dizdar returned to the parking lot, Tramonte was nowhere to be found, so he called 911 to report her missing.

Rescue teams were dispatched to the area, but four hours later, crews found Tramonte’s body near a home at 4:40 p.m. Friday, the Phoenix Fire Department said in a statement.

Angela Tramonte’s body (pictured) was discovered by mountain rescue teams at the Echo Canyon Trail on the northeast side of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, after an extensive search for her

Tramonte, 31, had traveled to the area from her home in Saugus, Massachusetts to meet Phoenix agent Dario Dizdar (pictured) with whom she had been talking on Instagram for two months.

Tramonte, 31, had traveled to the area from her home in Saugus, Massachusetts to meet Phoenix agent Dario Dizdar (pictured) with whom she had been talking on Instagram for two months.

Police said Tramonte appeared to have no water on her — and neither did Dizdar — when she was found despite temperatures reaching 104 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday. Boston Globe reported.

Investigators believe she was found near a house when she was trying to get help.

‘But at that moment [she] might have been in the early stages of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, where you’re delirious, and unfortunately, your abilities aren’t about you,” Phoenix fire chief Rob McDade told the Globe.

Dizdar was first identified by ABC15 as the person who went for a walk with Tramonte – no charges have been filed in connection with her death, while the cause of death is still listed as “pending” by the coroner.

Tramonte’s friends paid tribute to her, describing her as a “beautiful, kind, strong and good-hearted woman who would do anything for anyone.”

They have wondered how Tramonte, who was “obsessed with drinking water” died of what they believe to be heat exhaustion and accused Dizdar of “disregarding her safety” as he left her to continue on the trail.

Her friends are now demanding justice for her after claiming there are “a lot of timeline inconsistencies and facts that just don’t make sense.”

But Dizdar is said to have told police that Tramonte had asked him to continue to the top when she decided to return so he could take pictures and share them on her social media, the Boston Globe reports.

Rescue teams were dispatched to the area, but four hours later, crews found Tramonte's body near a home at 4:40 p.m. Friday, the Phoenix Fire Department said in a statement.

Rescue teams were dispatched to the area, but four hours later, crews found Tramonte’s body near a home at 4:40 p.m. Friday, the Phoenix Fire Department said in a statement.

Tramonte's friends claim she complained to police officer and first responder that she was 'exhausted and unable to continue'

Tramonte’s friends claim she complained to police officer and first responder that she was ‘exhausted and unable to continue’

“It’s very brutal, is the word I like to use,” McDade said of Camelback. “This mountain doesn’t care who you are, or how great a hiker or an experienced hiker you are. The mountain usually wins in such a situation.’

Mercedes Fortune, a Phoenix Police Department spokeswoman, said: The everyday beast that no ‘traumatic injuries’ were seen on Tramonte when she was discovered

“At this time, there is no evidence of suspected foul play,” Fortune said.

But Tramonte’s best friend Stacey Gerardi told: CBS Boston: ‘As a cop, as a first aider, you’re supposed to help people.’

“If someone’s walking up a mountain and you see her in distress and she’s not feeling well and she’s exhausted — why not walk her back down,” she wondered.

‘Why would you walk back upstairs? It does not make any sense.’

“Not 24 hours and she’s dead,” she added. “We want justice. We want answers. We have to keep pushing. That was my sister. We had 25 years of friendship.’

“It’s hard to imagine her going out dressed in the… [improper] shoes, and without water,” her friend Evelyn Doherty told Trefry NBC Boston. “It just doesn’t suit her at all. She wouldn’t make those decisions, she just wouldn’t.’

McDade told 12News that it’s never a good idea to break up while hiking.

“If you start as a group, you have to finish as a group,” McDade told the station.

Dizdar, who has reportedly served with the Phoenix Police Department since 2007, has been charged in the past for lying to the Arizona Police Department about who he was during a 2009 criminal investigation, according to documents obtained by ABC15 in 2020. Dizdar had given the police a false name and age.

The Phoenix Fire Department said in an initial statement: “Technical rescue teams at the scene of Camelback Mountain for reports of a missing hiker.

‘The adult walker comes from outside the city’ [and] turned around halfway down the trail – her group continued walking.

“According to her group, she didn’t come to the parking lot. Crews are actively looking for her.’

About four hours later, the fire service released another statement saying they found Tramonte who was pronounced dead at the scene.

“At about 4:40 p.m., after an extensive search, the missing hiker was found along the Echo Canyon Trail, adjacent to a house, on the northeast side of Camelback Mountain.

’30s Woman Has Been Declared Dead And This Will Now Be A Death Inquiry Led By Phoenix PD [Police Department].’

Friends of Tramonte paid tribute to her, describing her as a 'beautiful, kind, strong and good-hearted woman who would do anything for anyone'

Friends of Tramonte paid tribute to her, describing her as a ‘beautiful, kind, strong and good-hearted woman who would do anything for anyone’

Melissa Buttaro has a GoFundMe page to raise money for the cost of returning Tramonte’s body to Saugus and paying the funeral expenses.

She paid tribute to Tramonte, but also called for justice regarding her death.

Buttaro wrote: ‘Angela Tramonte was born and raised in Saugus, MA. She was such a beautiful, kind, strong, kind hearted woman who would do anything for anyone.

She recently took a trip to Arizona to meet a man she spoke with online for two months. They were said to have taken a hike at Camelback Mountain on Friday, July 30.”

She added: “Halfway up the mountain, Angela told this man, who is a police officer and first responder, that she was exhausted and could not continue. She supposedly walked down the mountain to the car ALONE while this man drove on alone.

He clearly doesn’t care about her safety. She was missing for hours and was found dead from heat exhaustion.”

Buttaro continues: ‘Angela lived a very healthy, active lifestyle. She got up early every morning to go to the gym. She did weekly meal planning and was obsessed with drinking water. She also loved to walk her dog Dolce every day.

“We just want justice for our friend. Please consider donating to help us get Angela’s body home and pay for the funeral expenses. Any help is greatly appreciated.’

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