Body of hunter from Salt Lake City found in Summit County by deputies using app

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SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah, Sept. 27, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The body of a Salt Lake City man who had been hunting near Kamas was recovered by the Summit County Sheriff’s office with the help of an app the victim and his wife both had on their phones.

The name of the 53-year-old victim has not yet been released.

“He went hunting and didn’t return, and his wife contacted our office,” Lt. Andrew Wright, Summit County Sheriff Office, told Gephardt Daily.

“She was able to see his location on an app called Find My Friends, and she had noticed he had not moved for some time.”

The man’s wife had not seen her husband move on the app since about 10 a.m. Wednesday, Wright said. She alerted officials at about 11 p.m.

Deputies hiked to the location shown on the woman’s phone, which was off Mirror Lake Highway, east of Kamas. They found the man deceased.

“It looks like most likely he died from a medical event,” Wright said. “We will need to wait for results of an autopsy. We didn’t find anything that would tell us the cause of death.”

The app was very useful for locating the man, Wright said.

“It’s very handy for something like this. If it comes to a point where someone is missing or there’s a lost child, its great for us. In this case, it led us directly to the person.”


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