Dead Hiker Found at Bottom of 200ft Utah Canyon After 13-Hour Search

A hiker was found dead at the bottom of a 200-foot cliff in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, on Monday after a 13-hour search.

The hiker, who has not been identified, went missing the day before near Lake Blanche, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue (SAR) said in a statement published Tuesday.

SAR said they were finishing up with another rescue on Sunday involving an injured hiker when they received a report of an overdue hike in the area of Lake Blanche.

According to SAR, a couple had gone hiking toward the lake with the goal of reaching the top of a peak known as Sundial.

After reaching the lake, one of the pair began to feel unwell and turned back towards the body of water at around 1 p.m. while the other continued hiking upward.

By the early evening, the person at the lake had not seen or heard from their companion and started to become concerned. The individual subsequently hiked to a point where they could get cellphone signal and called for help.

SAR dispatched a team to look for the missing hiker, while helicopters from the Utah Department of Public Safety and emergency rescue service Life Flight were called in to help. However, weather conditions hampered the search efforts.

"Unfortunately, due to high winds they weren't able to insert more teams around the Sundial or stay still enough to search effectively," SAR said in a statement.

"Due to the difficulty of searching the area above the lake in the dark, it was decided to send most members home for the night, and to restart the search at daybreak."

Ground teams continued the search and at around 1 a.m. in Monday they made it to the base of Sundial and began searching the bottom of the cliffs. Eventually, they found the missing hiker dead at the base of one particular 200-foot cliff.

"The Department of Public Safety Helicopter was called out in the morning and helped package the hiker and bring them back to trail head," SAR said in the statement. "Our condolences to the hikers companion and family. RIP."

Last month, another hiker was killed in nearby Little Cottonwood Canyon in similar circumstances.

Salt Like City resident Andrew Acuff, 26, died after falling 200 feet while hiking an extremely dangerous trail, according to the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake.

The hiker's body was found on the east face of Dromedary Peak by another group. Officials from SAR later responded to the scene.

Newsweek has contacted Salt Lake County Sheriff's SAR for comment.

Sundial Peak in Utah's Big Cottonwood Canyon
Sundial Peak in Utah's Big Cottonwood Canyon. A hiker was found dead in the area on Monday following a 13-hour search. iStock