Search and Rescue Teams Find Missing 77-Year-Old Hiker Near Snowbird

Photo Courtesy: LifeFlight

LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah, May 14, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Search and rescue crews who refused to give up the search for a 77-year-old man who went hiking on White Pine Trail Saturday and did not return, located the missing hiker late Saturday night.

As crews were searching, they saw what appeared to be a beam of light coming from a distance and as they got closer and called out the man’s name and he replied.

At approximately 3 a.m. Sunday, searchers, along with the man, finally made their way off the mountain.

The man was reported to be in good condition.

Unified Police Department spokesman Lt. Lex Bell said the hiker was reported missing when he didn’t come home as expected around 11 a.m.

His car was found at White Pine trailhead, which is 5.5 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon and 0.7 miles below Snowbird.

Bell said the official search, consisting of Search and Rescue personnel and the Life Flight helicopter, began at 5:07 p.m.

Police are not releasing the identity of the hiker at this time.




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