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French couple die in US desert, nine-year-old son rescued

French couple die in US desert, nine-year-old son rescued
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A French couple died while hiking in the New Mexico desert but authorities rescued their nine-year-old son after finding photographs of him on his...

A French couple died while hiking in the New Mexico desert but authorities rescued their nine-year-old son after finding photographs of him on his dead mother’s camera, officials said on Saturday.


David Steiner, 42, and Ornella Steiner, 51, both from the small town of Bourgogne near Reims, had been hiking in the White Sands National Monument on Tuesday afternoon when they apparently died from heat exhaustion, Otero County Sheriff’s Detective David Hunter said.

“They underestimated the elements,” Hunter said, adding that autopsy results were still pending.

Park rangers found the mother first while on a routine patrol. They checked her camera and saw that she had been with two other people, Hunter said.
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