Crews searching Mount Olympus for missing hiker

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 1 2012 10:27 p.m. MDT

MOUNT OLYMPUS — Search and rescue crews were looking for a missing hiker late Wednesday night in the same area a father and daughter got lost a day earlier.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said a 40-year-old man went for hike on Mount Olympus about 5 a.m. Wednesday and got lost. The man wasn't planning to be in the mountains long and had little or no water with him, Hoyal said.

About 7:30 p.m., the hiker called police for help. Based on his description of the area, search and rescue crews though he might be in the Heughs Canyon area, Hoyal said.

A Life Flight helicopter few a team over the area, but rescuers were not able to locate him. Hoyal said police have talked to the man a few times, but the battery on his cellphone was dying.

"We haven't had any contact with him since just before 9 p.m.," he said.

On Tuesday, search and rescue crews helped a father and daughter get down to the Mount Olympus trail head after they became lost and stuck on a cliff.

In June, Utah Highway Patrol trooper Aaron Beesley fell to his death while helping two teen hikers who had also gotten off the main trail and become stranded in the same area.

Jared Page

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