A Massachusetts lady who died after cutting short an Arizona desert hike amid searing temps took her ill-fated trek with an off-duty Phoenix cop, division officers stated.
Dario Dizdar, a 14-year division vet, was identified Monday by KNXV because the beforehand unnamed metropolis worker who was mountaineering with Angela Tramonte, 31, earlier than her physique was discovered Friday off the Echo Canyon Trail close to a house on Camelback Mountain in Phoenix.
Dizdar — who was assembly Tramonte for the primary time in individual — had communicated with her on-line for months earlier than the Saugus lady flew out of Boston Thursday to go to him. The pair traded personal messages on Instagram discussing her upcoming journey, KNXV reported.
Dizdar reportedly advised investigators he was Tramonte’s “boyfriend” and that she acquired overheated midway up the path on the two,706-foot peak and turned again. The off-duty cop determined to press on and deliberate to satisfy his newfound love curiosity again at a parking zone, however she by no means made it to the placement, Phoenix hearth officers stated.
No fees have been filed in Tramonte’s demise, a Phoenix police spokeswoman advised The Post Tuesday.
“Currently the investigation is not a criminal one,” spokeswoman Mercedes Fortune wrote in an e mail. “The witness is a Phoenix police employee.”
The medical expert is awaiting toxicology to find out Tramonte’s reason behind demise, which might take as much as 90 days, Fortune stated. Temps in Phoenix reportedly reached 104 levels Friday.
Phoenix police issued an announcement late Monday figuring out the individual who referred to as 911 when he couldn’t discover Tramonte on the parking zone as an off-duty officer. Dizdar’s title, nonetheless, was not launched by the division.
“The witness also told officers, during the hike Ms. Tramonte decided to head back down the trail and asked him to continue to the top to take pictures so that she could share them on social media,” police stated in an announcement.
Neither Dizdar nor Tramonte had water with them during the hike. Tramonte’s physique was discovered almost 4 hours after cops acquired the off-duty cop’s 911 name, police stated.
“The city employee who was with Ms. Tramonte is a witness and is cooperating with investigators,” Phoenix police stated. “He has been granted personal time off and has been offered resources to deal with this tragedy.”
Dizdar has lied to police earlier than, according to KNXV. He was amongst a gaggle of 100-plus Phoenix officers who had been named in December as being listed within the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office “Brady list,” which tracks legislation enforcement officers with alleged integrity considerations, together with mendacity on the job, the station reported.
Dizdar was at a bar in Glendale in 2009 when he was approached by a cop who questioned him a couple of pal who was allegedly assaulted outdoors, according to an internal city of Phoenix report.
Dizdar didn’t witness the alleged assault, however recognized himself as a Phoenix police officer earlier than giving the Glendale cop a false title and date of delivery, the report exhibits.
Dizdar additionally gave the cop the sufferer’s fallacious quantity, however notified his supervisor during his subsequent shift that he lied to the Glendale officer, the report exhibits, including that the allegation in opposition to was sustained.
Tramonte, in the meantime, had been in Arizona for lower than 24 hours earlier than she died, associates advised CBS Boston.
“We want justice,” Tramonte’s pal, Stacey Gerardi, advised the station. “We want answers. We need to keep pushing. That was my sister. We had 25 years of friendship.”