Arizona Congressional Aide Found Dead After Reported Missing in Death Valley

Search teams have recovered the body of a missing congressional aide from Arizona, who disappeared with his girlfriend during a camping trip in Death Valley.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department located the couple on a steep ledge Thursday via an aerial search, but had difficulty reaching them.

When search teams were able to reach them Friday, they found that 32-year-old Alexander Lofgren was dead.

Surveillance video had captured some images of the couple and their Subaru in the National Park before they lost contact.

The cause of Lofgren’s death is not known, but his 27-year-old girlfriend Emily Henkel did survive and was flown out for medical treatment.

Alexander Lofgren's car
Alexander Lofgren’s car. (Inyo County Sheriff’s Office)

Lofgren worked in the office of Arizona congressman Raul Grijalva who tweeted that he was heartbroken over his aide’s death.

The couple were experienced campers, but their car had two flat tires and their supply of water may have run out days ago.

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