Around 10:30 pm on Tuesday, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue, along with a BLM ranger, and the Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter were called out to locate a male hiker in Horseshoe Canyon.
The person who reported the incident had said that they had spoken with a different group of hiker’s, these hiker’s told them that they had come across a man earlier in the canyon at around 1:00 pm, and he had asked them if they had food and water, and also asked if someone could take care of his dog.
When the reporting party got back to the man’s car they felt concerned that this man had not returned. They took his dog out of the car and tied him up outside, leaving it with food and water. They also left a note on the car saying that they were going to go for help.
At approximately 2:20 am, the BLM ranger had located the man off the trail. He was dead.
No water bottles were found in the area, the temperature in the canyon this day was well over 100 degrees. It appeared that this man was not prepared for extreme temperatures.
The victim was taken to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine cause of death.