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Eastern Sierra News for June 16, 2024





27-year-old Emily Henkel with her late-fiancé, 32-year-old Alexander Lofgren, who died during a fall while the couple was visiting Death Valley

Finally, thanks to one of our readers, Kristine MacKenzie, who was so affected by the story of the missing couple from Tucson in Death Valley in April, that she continued to follow it. She contacted Sierra Wave so we can share this podcast from 2 weeks ago on what really happened during the tragic story in the words of the surviving partner, 27-year-old Emily Henkel.

In a two-hour podcast on a local Cincinnati radio station, 27-year-old Emily Henkel gives an amazingly compelling account during which she recounts the details that resulted in loss of her fiancé, 32-year-old Alexander Lofgren, and how she sustained the serious foot injury while attempting to go to his aid after he had fallen 70-feet down the side of a cliff, sustaining fatal injuries. It’s an amazing story of perseverance lasting over six days until her helicopter rescue on Friday, April 9.

The couple were first reported as missing to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office on April 6, 2021. Following is a listing of the articles and updates Sierra Wave posted on the story from the beginning:

  1. Missing Individuals In Death Valley National Park Found – Multi-Agency SAR Update
  2. Latest Information on Tucson Couple’s Fatal Death Valley Camping Trip
  3. Sad Ending for One of Missing Individuals In Death Valley National Park Rescue

One of the most difficult jobs of a journalist and doing daily newscasts are the stories that involve serious injuries or even death such as this one, and the others Sierra Wave regularly seems to be reporting on. It requires some sensitivity in following up if for no other reason than these are real people, with friends and family that are deeply affected by the outcomes. Sierra Wave reached out the brother of Emily Henkel after her rescue, not for comment, but rather to simply express our own and our readers’ and listeners’ sympathy, condolences, and concern for his sister and the family.

27-year-old Emily Henkel

The podcast is featured on Hubbard Radio titled Emily Henkel – You did it. *Live recording from Fretboard Brewing Company on June 7th 2021* by Natalie Jones on Q102 Cincinnati, It is a compelling 2 hours and 6 minutes long podcast which answers many of our readers/listeners questions.

There is also this link provided to Emily Henkel’s Instagram account on which she shares photos and shared emotions.

We hope you agree that this is an astounding follow-up to the story. Please feel free to share your comments. And thanks to our readers and listeners for listening and sharing information.