FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A 15-year-old Boy Scout from Las Vegas died after he collapsed while hiking in West Clear Creek Canyon south of Flagstaff.
It happened Saturday morning. The Coconino County sheriff’s office says the teen, William “Willie” Smith, was hiking with two other Scouts and two Scout leaders when he jumped 2 to 3 feet off of a boulder and landed on his feet. He then looked back at another Scout and collapsed.
One of the Scout leaders called 911 while the rest of the group performed CPR. Smith was dead when emergency responders arrived.
The cause of death has not been determined, but sheriff’s spokesman Gerry Blair says detectives do not suspect foul play.
“He appeared to be in good health, and as far as we were told, he just had a medical emergency,” said Phil Bevins, a Las Vegas Boy Scouts spokesman. “If I said anything else it would be speculative.”
Smith’s body has been taken to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office, where an autopsy will be performed this week.
Smith had recently completed his freshman year at Desert Pines High School.
The Review-Journal contributed to this report.