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Man and grandson die on desert hike

The bodies of a man and his 12-year-old grandson have been found several miles apart on a desert trail in central Arizona.

It is believed the boy died while going for help.

The two had gone hiking and their bodies were discovered in mountainous desert near Gila Bend, about 50 miles south-west of Phoenix, according to the Maricopa County sheriff's office.

Sheriff's spokesman Chris Hegstrom identified the victims as 63-year-old Thomas Gillespie, of Tucson, and Robert Miller, of Prescott Valley. Officials are determining a cause of death.

A search began after a woman called officials on Wednesday afternoon to report her father and son had not been heard from since Tuesday morning.

Mr Hegstrom said a hotel manager where the two were staying said they left Tuesday morning to go hiking.

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