Las Vegas woman dies in Death Valley after her car gets stuck in sand

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A somber reminder about the dangers of Death Valley after a Las Vegas woman died there this past weekend.

On Saturday, the high at Death Valley National Park reached 113 degrees.

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Friends of 40-year-old Linda Hung says she was headed through the desert to get to Fort Irwin. It’s where her boyfriend who is in the military is stationed.

National Park Service rangers say it seems Hung somehow tried to make a turn but her car got stuck in the sand. Hung then walked off into the Death Valley desert to get help.

“It just doesn't seem like her at all. No, it just doesn't seem like her to go walking off into the desert. Something just doesn't seem right,” said Linda Fossessca, who knew the victim.

Fossessca worked next door to the insurance agency Hung managed in Chinatown.

On Sunday, family members reported her missing.

Park rangers sent a search and rescue crew to find her. After a couple of hours, a helicopter pilot spotted her body five miles from her abandoned car.

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Fossessca says the prominent business woman knew about the dangers of desert heat.

“She drove a nice car. She would have had AAA. She would've had something to protect her,” said Fossessca.

The San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office tell us it appears Hung died from heat exposure.

Even with that news, Hung’s friends can’t’ believe she would die that way.

We spoke with a friend who did not want to be named or seen but says her death is suspicious.

“Why did the boyfriend ask to meet her there in Death Valley? Why a person would want to do that?” he said.

Fossessca will always remember Hung being a beautiful person.

“She would always bring us cake and ice cream to say thank you. I'm just so sorry and shocked to hear this. It's just awful,” said Fossessca.

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