Update: Hiker missing in Canyonlands National Park found deceased

Jonathan Hogue. Photo Courtesy: Canyonlands National Park

MOAB, Utah, March 15, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The search for a hiker who was missing in Canyonlands National Park has ended, park officials said in a Facebook post.

Jonathon Hogue, 33, an avid hiker and graduate teaching assistant from the University of Iowa, was found deceased.

“The search that began on Tuesday has concluded,” the Facebook post said. “We are sorry to report that Jonathon Hogue has been found deceased. Further inquiries should be directed to the Lead Investigating Agency, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. Thank you to everyone who helped with the search and rescue operation and provided information.”

The University of Iowa also confirmed Hogue’s death.

“We are saddened by the loss of a student from the Hawkeye family,” said Vice President and Dean of Students Angie Reams. “Our thoughts are with Jonothan’s family, friends and love ones.”

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook late Friday night, that Hogue was found at the base of the Green River Overlook in the Island in the Sky District of the park. He had fallen about 500 feet.

Search and rescue and recovery were a combined effort of the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, National Park Service, Grand and San Juan County Search and Rescue teams and the Department of Public Safety Helicopter crew, the post said.


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