Update: Carmichael man died on Western States Trail near Auburn
A man who died Friday of a probable heart attack on the Western States Trail near Auburn has been identified as Lawrence Muller, 55, of Carmichael.
The Placer County Coroner’s Office released Muller’s name Tuesday following contact of next of kin.
Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Dena Erwin said the death was from natural causes so no autopsy was required.
Muller was nearing the final half-mile of a 5-mile walk in the canyon lands of the Auburn State Recreation Area when he started to encounter physical problems that forced his female companion to hike up the trail for emergency help. Efforts by emergency personnel aided by two Placer County Water Agency workers failed to restart Muller’s heart and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
– Gus Thomson