Update: Missing hiker found alive after intensive search of Little Cottonwood Canyon

Department of Public Safety helicopter. File photo: Gephardt Daily

LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah, July 5, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A missing hiker has been found alive in the Tanner Flats area of Little Cottonwood Canyon 25 hours after she was last heard from.

Dawn Rohde, 41 and from Cottonwood Heights, left for a trail hike or run in the canyon at 7 a.m. Thursday, then spoke to her husband by phone at 1 p.m. Her phone went dead by 5 p.m., and Rohde did not return home that night for a planned Fourth of July celebration.

A search involving multiple trained crews, a helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft, and about 25 of Rohde’s friends and family members began on Friday morning.

Detective Ken Hansen, Unified Police Department, spoke from the scene, saying that since Rohde is an experienced trail runner, it was feared she had fallen through the surface of an ice field or otherwise hurt herself.

Just before 4 p.m. Friday, the Unified Police Department tweeted out good news:

“41 year old hiker found alive in the Tanners Flat area. A citizen reported to police that there was a woman in need of help in the area of campground 14. The victim will be hoisted up and out by helicopter.”

Gephardt Daily will have updated information as it becomes public.

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