No charges will be filed in the death of a 16-year-old Boy Scout from Goodyear who passed away after running out of water while on a hike, according to officials.
Joshua “Josh” Michael White, 16, was hiking Picacho Peak in Southern Arizona, according to Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Navideh Forghani, when he ran out of water at the top and “began to have some issues” on the way back down.
The troop, which was led by two adults, at least one of whom was a Scout leader, called for help, Forghani said.
But by the time park rangers arrived, the teen was already unconscious without a pulse. First responders performed lifesaving measures, but White was ultimately pronounced deceased at the scene.
Capt. Patrick Calhoun, spokesman for the Avra Valley Fire District, said three other individuals were evaluated at the scene but were not taken to the hospital. According to reports, two of the individuals were adults and one a child.
Though PCSO did not release the teen’s name and the cause of death has not yet been revealed, White’s passing was confirmed by various individuals close to him. His obituary with Thompson Funeral Chapel reported he “died unexpectedly” April 27.
He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 99 of Litchfield Park achieving Life Rank.
He was also a student volunteer at the Summit Community Church, and attended Estrella Foothills High School, where he was on the junior varsity football team and was an honorary member of the Pythagorean Society.
The Wolves football team issued a statement via Twitter:
“Our heartfelt condolences go to the family of our beloved teammate Josh White who passed away on Saturday.”
Coach Clay Bewley also commented on White’s passing via Twitter:
“Thoughts and prayers go out to the family & loved ones of one of our own, Josh White. He was an incredible young man. My heart is truly broken hearing of his passing.”
Andy Price, Scout Executive/CEO for the Boy Scouts of America’s Grand Canyon Council, issued a statement:
“This is a very difficult time for our Scouting family. We are deeply saddened by the death of one of our youth members. We offer our sincerest condolences to his family, and we will support them in any way that we can. Please join us in keeping his family and friends everywhere in your thoughts and prayers.
“We are mindful of the impact this incident may have on Scouts and volunteers, and grief counselors are standing by to care for our youth members and adult leaders.”
According to Thompson Funeral Chapel, a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 10, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.
The family also requests donations be made to the Estrella Foothills High School Booster Club and Boy Scout Troop 99.