Utah Search & Rescue teams discovered the body of a fallen hiker in Little Cottonwood Canyon early Friday morning. FOX 13 reports he 31-year-old man left for a hike Thursday afternoon and his family had reported him as overdue.
“The family called us this morning about 1:19,We were up here at 1:30 and had search and rescue up on the mountain by 3 a.m. so we’ve been searching but located him at about seven this morning.” –Unified Police Department spokesman Ken Hansen
Initial reports indicate the man had apparently slipped on the snow and fallen a long distance.
“He’s an experienced trail runner and hiker but up here there’s still a lot of snow, it’s still very wet. In this area here there’s very steep hills, steep inclines and can be treacherous.”
Police have identified the victim, but won’t release his name until next of kin has been notified. Hansen suggests waiting for more snow to melt and for things to dry out before heading out to some of these areas.
This is a developing story and will be sure to updated as information becomes available. Our deepest condolences to the man’s family and friends.
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