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Woman, 31, who died during first date hike with Arizona cop was killed by heat exposure

Woman, 31, who died during first date hike with Arizona cop she met online was killed by heat exposure, medical examiner rules

  • Maricopa Count Medical Examiner ruled Angela Tramonte’s death was accidental and caused by heat exposure 
  • Tramonte, 31, from Boston area, died on July 30 while on first-date hike with Phoenix police officer Dario Dizdar 
  • Tramonte became overheated about halfway up the trail and turned around to return to the car, but allegedly asked Dizdar to continue to the peak 
  • Tramonte had traveled to Arizona from Massachusetts to meet Dizdar in person for the first time after talking to him via Instagram for two months 

The death of a Massachusetts woman while hiking a Phoenix mountain in July with a police officer she met online has been ruled accidental by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The brief report said 31-year-old Angela Tramonte’s July 30 death was due to ‘environmental heat exposure.’

Tramonte, who was from the Boston area, was in Arizona visiting Phoenix police officer Dario Dizdar for the first time in person after spending two months communicating with him on Instagram.

Despite foul play being ruled out in Tramonte’s death by the police, questions have been raised about Dizdar’s decision to let her go down Camelback Mountain alone while he carried on with the hike. 

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Angela Tramonte, 31, died of accidental heat exposure on July 30 while on a first-date hike with Phoenix police officer Dario Dizdar, a county medical examiner ruled 

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office issued this brief statement concerning Tramonte's death

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office issued this brief statement concerning Tramonte’s death 

Tramonte was found unresponsive after hiking alone halfway down Camelback Mountain in 104-degree heat without water

Tramonte was found unresponsive after hiking alone halfway down Camelback Mountain in 104-degree heat without water 

Authorities said as part of their first in-person date, the pair hiked Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain around 1pm on July 30. Despite temperatures reaching 104 degrees that day, neither of them reportedly had water with them.

Phoenix Fire Department officials said Tramonte became overheated about halfway up the trail.

The woman asked her companion to continue to the top of the mountain to take pictures so that she could share them on her friends on social media. Dizdar complied and resumed the hike without Tramonte. 

Tramonte went back down the mountain, planning to return to the car and wait for Dizdar.

At around 4.40pm, fire crews found her unconscious near a home along the side of the mountain as she was apparently trying to get help. 

Dizdar is seen near the hiking trail after cops responded to his call about Tramonte

Dizdar is seen near the hiking trail after cops responded to his call about Tramonte

Tramonte's body was found near a home at the base of the mountain (pictured), and authorities believe she was trying to reach the home to get some help

Tramonte’s body was found near a home at the base of the mountain (pictured), and authorities believe she was trying to reach the home to get some help

Tramonte could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene. Phoenix police said foul play was not suspected.

Tramonte’s friends have called for a thorough investigation into her death and Dizdar’s conduct.

‘We want answers, we want justice and we want an investigation to go further and we want to see what this guy was really all about,’ Stacey Gerardi told CBS Boston prior to the release of the medical examiner’s conclusion.

 ‘As a first responder you’re supposed to help people,’ she said. ‘Why would you not walk her back down? Why would you continue to walk back up.’

Tramonte had traveled to Arizona from Massachusetts to meet Dizdar in person for the first time after talking to him via Instagram for two months

Dizdar has been on the police force since 2007

Tramonte (left) had traveled to Arizona from Massachusetts to meet Dizdar (right) in person for the first time after talking to him via Instagram for two months

The friends’ suspicions were exacerbated by the revelation that Didzar – who joined the Phoenix Police Department in 2007 – has a history of being untruthful to cops, the Daily Beast reported.  

The outlet obtained documents which showed Didzar was disciplined in 2009 after he lied to cops about who he was during a criminal investigation and gave them a false name and age.  

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