Four days after departing a Southern California route to go for assistance for his partner and going missing in the sweltering heat, the hiker’s body was discovered, according to investigators.
On a trail in Gaviota, close to Santa Barbara, on Sunday afternoon, Tim Sgrignoli, 29, and his girlfriend were hiking when she started to experience heat exhaustion, according to fire officials.
According to KEYT-TV, Ventura resident Sgrignoli vanished after leaving his partner to wait near a cave as he went in search of water and assistance.
California Hiker Found Dead
According to a statement from Raquel Zick, a Santa Barbara County Sheriff spokesman, his corpse was discovered close to Highway 101 on Thursday. Zick stated that heat was probably a contributing factor in Sgrignoli’s death and that there is no suspicion of foul play.
On Sunday, the girlfriend was raised to safety, but Santa Barbara County Fire officials said the hunt for Sgrignoli had continued.
VCSO Search & Rescue teams are currently assisting @sbsheriff SAR in the search for Tim Sgrignoli. Sgrignoli went missing on a hiking trail north of Hwy 101 & Hwy 1. At the time he went missing, temperatures were over 110 degrees. #VCSheriff pic.twitter.com/8GiAxGjK52
— Ventura County Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) September 5, 2022
Fire officials reported on Monday that a total of 60 people, numerous search dogs, drones, and aircraft had been sent out to look for Sgrignoli.
According to AccuWeather, the area’s temperature reached 108 degrees on Sunday and stayed over 100 degrees until Thursday.
At least a dozen temperature records have been broken in California due to a heat wave that began just before the Labor Day holiday. The cause of Sgrignoli’s death is still being looked into.