DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A 17-year-old Boy Scout from Salem has died while camping with his troop in the High Uintas near the Chain Lakes area earlier today.
A press release from the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office states that Douglas Jeffery Julian fell ill during the trip on Thursday when he complained that he was nauseous and had a headache.
With Julian still sick on Friday, scout leaders made the decision to hike back down to the trailhead in Uinta Canyon north of Neola on Saturday.
One of the leaders was able to get cell service after hiking down early Saturday and was able to call for help. A LifeFlight helicopter was dispatched to the area but Julian was deceased by the time the helicopter arrived.
Julian lost consciousness about 50 yards from his campsite after the rest of the troop started the hike back. Troop members began to perform CPR but were unsuccessful.
Lt. Jeremy Curry said in the release that from all accounts, Julian was a perfectly healthy teenager and has no prior illnesses or medical problems.
Julian’s body was flown to Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt. His body has been transported to the medical examiner’s office for autopsy.
Investigators suspect he may have died due to altitude sickness, but no official cause of death has been released yet.