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THE body of a lost hiker was found on Wednesday after he ignored officials who told him to stay where he was.

Donald Hayes, 74, of Prescott Valley, Arizona, got lost on Mingus Mountain in Prescott National Forest on Friday with his labrador Ranger.

Donald Hayes, 74, went missing near Mingus Mountain

Donald Hayes, 74, went missing near Mingus MountainAnerkennung: Yavapai County (Arizona) Sheriff’s Office
Hayes's dog, Ranger, stayed with his owner until rescuers discovered the body

Hayes’s dog, Ranger, stayed with his owner until rescuers discovered the bodyAnerkennung: NBC News
Mingus Mountain has elevations of over 7,000 Füße

Mingus Mountain has elevations of over 7,000 FüßeAnerkennung: NBC

Hayes first called his wife to let her know he and Ranger were lost.

The sheriff’s office forest patrol told him rescuers were on the way and to stay where he was, Berichte NBC news.

Stattdessen, Hayes tried to find his way out on his own.

He told the patrol he was going to continue down the ravine and was turning off his phone to preserve the battery.

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Rescue teams searched for Hayes on the ground and by air but were not able to find him.

Several days later, his body was found in a rugged area with Ranger by his side.

The area he was in was difficult to get to, Berichten zufolge.

Ranger was in bad shape and was taken to an animal hospital where he received treatment.

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The pup was dehydrated and exhausted. When he was found he wasn’t mobile, only able to lift his head when his name was called.

Blair Burtan of the Yavapai Search and Rescue team said no one was surprised Ranger stayed by his owner’s side.

Officials believe the pair had hiked at least eight miles.

Mingus Mountain and the area surrounding it have elevations between 7,200 and around 7,800 Füße.

Prescott Valley, where Hayes lived, is surrounded by 1.25million-acres of national forest.

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