Lost hiker Alan Hogenauer’s cause of death remains pending

July 1st, 2013 | by Kate McGinty | Comments
Professor and travel expert Alan Hogenauer, 71, was found dead June 30, 2013, after hiking during extreme heat in Thousand Palms. (Photo courtesy of Loyola Marymount University)

Professor and travel expert Alan Hogenauer, 71, was found dead June 30, 2013, after hiking during extreme heat in Thousand Palms. (Photo courtesy of Loyola Marymount University)

It could be weeks before a cause of death is released for Alan Hogenauer, the 71-year-old professor who died after hiking during extreme heat over the weekend.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, though a spokeswoman for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department could not confirm late Monday if that proceeded as planned.

The coroner will not determine a cause of death until lab results have returned, Sgt. Lisa McConnell told The Desert Sun. Those usually take at least six weeks.

Hogenauer, 71, had been out with his wife and son in the Coachella Valley Preserve on Saturday afternoon as temperatures rose above 120 degrees, relatives told The Desert Sun this weekend.

His family decided to turn back because of the heat but Hogenauer wanted to forge on, his relatives said. Sometime after they left, he called them for help, saying he needed water.

When Hogenauer’s wife and 12-year-old son couldn’t find him, they called the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to report him missing about 3:20 p.m. Saturday.

The rescue crew in the helicopter found his body shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday about a half-mile from the preserve’s visitor center, according to the Riverside County coroner’s report.

Hogenauer taught travel market research at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles for 15 years.He had logged more than 2.2 million flight miles on airplanes and an additional 1 million miles by car over his lifetime.

Read more about Hogenauer in The Desert Sun story that was first posted Sunday.

Did you know Alan Hogenauer? Reporter Kate McGinty would like to hear your memories of him. Reach her at (760) 778-6451 or kate.mcginty@thedesertsun.com.

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