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Boy Scout dies during Uintas camping trip

Boy Scout dies during Uintas camping trip (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) A Boy Scout from Salem, Utah, died Saturday as his troop began hiking out of the High Uintas in an effort to get the teen medical attention for an apparent illness.

The teen has been identified as Douglas Jeffery Julian, and he would have turned 18 on Sunday.

Julian and his Scout troop were camped in the Chain Lakes area in Krebs Basin on Thursday when he began to complain that he was nauseous and had a headache, according to Duchesne County Sheriff’s Lt. Jeremy Curry.

The teen was still sick Friday night, so scout leaders decide they would pack up camp early Saturday and hike back to the trail head.

"On Saturday morning, one of the Scout leaders set out earlier than the rest of the troop, hiking eight to 10 miles before he was able to get cell service and call for help," Curry said.

Dispatchers sent Life Flight to the troop’s location but Julian had already passed before he could get help.

Deputies later learned that Julian lost consciousness and collapsed about 50 yards from the troop’s campsite as they began hiking out Saturday morning. Members of the troop immediately began CPR but were unable to revive Julian explained Curry.

Julian’s body was flown by medical helicopter to Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt. His body has been transported to the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

"Julian was a young, healthy teenager who played high school sports and had no prior history of illness or medical problems" Curry said.

Investigators suspect he may have succumbed to altitude sickness, but the exact cause of his death is still unknown.

“That’s the only possible reason we have,” Curry said. “Right now we have no reason to believe it was anything else.”

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