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Lauren Heike and suspect in her murder (Phoenix Police Dept.)

Arizona law enforcement is looking for a man they believe killed a 29-year-old woman whose body was found on a popular hiking trail over the weekend. Police say Lauren Heike was the victim of a “brutal attack” as her attacker snuck up on her from behind and killed her.

According to a Phoenix Police Department news release, officers responded to a 911 call around 10:30 a.m. Saturday about a woman found dead in the desert area near 6500 Libby Street.

First responders say they found Heike, who appeared to have suffered “bodily trauma”. Police said her remains were found where she would not have been “readily visible to those using the trail”.

Heike, an exercise enthusiast, was hiking the Reach 11 trail just north of Phoenix around 10 a.m. Friday morning when she was “attacked from behind and died of her injuries,” said Phoenix PD Homicide Lt. James Hester said during a press conference Wednesday. Hester described the attack as vicious and unconscionable.

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