Photo of suspect in Lauren Heike murder

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

Law enforcement authorities in Arizona are searching for a man they say killed a 29-year-old woman whose body was found on a popular hiking trail over the weekend. Police say that Lauren Heike was the victim of a “vicious attack,” with her assailant sneaking up on her from behind and killing her.

According to a press release from the Phoenix Police Department, officers responded to a 911 call at about 10:30 a.m. on 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 “trauma to her body.” Police said her remains were found where she would not have been “easily viewable by those that utilize the trail.”

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

Photo of suspect in Lauren Heike murder

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