The San Diego Sheriff's Department have revealed the cause of death for the 57-year-old woman who died over the weekend while hiking near Mortero Palms.
The hiker, who was identified as Rhonda Burt of El Centro, died of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease while she and a group trekked through rough terrain in the Anza-Borrego area, according to the department.
Authorities received a call on Saturday from a hiking group of an unresponsive woman. They reported that she had stopped several times to rest and a person in the group noted that the woman was prone to the ground.
The San Diego Sheriffs Department’s Aerial Unit responded when the group called 911. Efforts were made to revive the hiker, but she died at the scene.