Dario Dizdar, the Phoenix cop who accompanied Angela Tramonte on her fatal hiking trip, reportedly lied during a criminal investigation back in 2009. A report from the Daily Beast uncovered Dizdar’s sketchy past, claiming he was disciplined for lying to cops about who he was during the investigation. He reportedly gave authorities a fake name and age. The insights into Dizdar’s history bring new questions to light regarding Tramonte’s tragic death.
Investigators have not ruled Tramonte’s death suspicious, however, her cause of death has not been confirmed by medical examiners. Angela Tramonte’s friends have spoken out against Dario Dizdar and are seeking the truth by their friend’s fatal accident.
Angela Tramonte was on her first date with Dizdar when she reportedly succumbed to heat exhaustion. While trekking up Camelback Mountain, Tramonte allegedly became tired and didn’t want to continue. Instead of accompanying her back down the mountain, Dario Dizdar – whom Tramonte met on Instagram two months before – continued the hike by himself.
Alone, Tramonte climbed back down the northeast side of Camelback Mountain in the scorching Phoenix heat. At one point, temperatures reached 104 degrees, much higher than the cooler Massachusetts weather Tramonte was used to. A few hours later, Dario Dizdar called the police and warned them that a woman had turned back during a hike.
When authorities arrived at the parking lot, they noticed that Tramonte’s car was left unattended and her belongings were still inside. A search a rescue operation was soon underway and at about 4:40 p.m. on Friday, Angela Tramonte’s body was discovered off the Echo Canyon Trail.
Phoenix Fire Department said on Twitter that “after an extensive search,” they found Tramonte. “The 30’s female was pronounced deceased and this will now be a death investigation lead by Phoenix PD.”
According to authorities, Tramonte likely died of heat exhaustion. It seemed like she was trying to reach help from a nearby home when she succumbed to the blistering Phoenix heat. Investigators noticed that the 32-year-old woman did not have any water on her and that she likely became dehydrated during the walk.
Despite police suspicions, Angela Tramonte’s friends want answers. They question why Dario Dizdar failed to uphold his duty as a police officer and first responder during their date.
“As a cop, as a first responder, you’re supposed to help people,” Tramonte’s friend Stacey Gerardi pointed out. “If somebody’s walking up a mountain and you’re seeing her in distress and she’s not feeling well and she’s exhausted – why wouldn’t you walk her back down?”
Mercedes Fortune, a spokeswoman for the Phoenix Police Department, said that Tramonte had no “traumatic injuries” on her body and that there is “no evidence to indicate foul play.” While medical examiners are still conducting a thorough autopsy of the body, authorities already suspect Tramonte’s cause of death.
“She could have conceivably been in the early stages of heat exhaustion and heatstroke,” Phoenix Fire Captain Rob McDade explained. “You become delirious, and unfortunately, your faculties are not about you.”
McDade continued, saying that “[Camelback] Mountain doesn’t care who you are, or how great of a hike or an experienced hiker you are. The mountain, in a situation like that, usually wins.” At this point, no charges have been made in connection with Tramonte’s death. Dario Dizdar is not a suspect in the tragedy.
Despite the current evidence, Stacey Gerardi is not backing down. Angela Tramonte’s friend created a GoFundMe page on her behalf in an attempt to fund her funeral expenses and find justice for the Massachusetts woman. “He clearly has no regard for her safety,” the post on the GoFundMe page read, referencing Dario Dizdar.
“Halfway up the mountain, Angela told this man, who is a police officer and first responder, that she was exhausted and couldn’t continue,” the post continued. “She supposedly walked back down the mountain ALONE to the car while this man continued on by himself… She went missing for hours and was found dead from heat exhaustion.”
The post explained that “Angela lived a very healthy, active lifestyle. She woke up early every morning to go to the gym. She did weekly meal planning and was obsessed with drinking water. She also loved walking her dog, Dolce every day. There are many inconsistencies in the timeline and facts that just don’t make any sense. We just want justice for our friend.”