SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah, Aug. 24, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — The human remains found Friday in Summit County are thought to belong to an Australian hiker missing since 2011.
Eric Robinson disappeared in July of that year, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
Last week, a man from Coalville and his two sons were camping near Allsop Lake in the Uinta Mountains and found the remains with a backpack and tent, police said.
Robinson, who was 63 when he went missing, was hiking the 100-mile High Line trail through the Uinta Mountains, according to the Australian Missing Persons Register Facebook page.
Robinson set out on July 28, 2011 on the hike, which was scheduled to take 10 days, and was reported missing on Aug. 7, 2011. The Duchesne County Sherriff’s Office deployed a search and rescue team to find him the next day, but the search was unsuccessful.
Further DNA testing needs to be done in order for the remains to be positively identified, but the proximity of the remains to the tent and backpack led officials to believe the remains are those of Robinson.