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Body of missing Millcreek man found by hikers

Published: Thursday, July 2 2015 6:08 p.m. MDT

Jacob Helland, whose 80-year-old father, Fritz, has been missing since Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, talks about the search for his father and the difficulty surrounding his disappearance. (Jen Pilgreen, Deseret News) Jacob Helland, whose 80-year-old father, Fritz, has been missing since Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, talks about the search for his father and the difficulty surrounding his disappearance. (Jen Pilgreen, Deseret News)

HOLLADAY — One week after going missing and three days after volunteer searches were suspended, the body of Fritz Helland was located Wednesday by hikers in Neffs Canyon.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder said the body was found approximately 1.5 miles from the mouth of the canyon in a creek bed. Police believe the 80-year-old Helland died after sustaining a fall on steep terrain.

Helland was last heard from on Oct. 24, when he called his daughter and said he was on his way home from a walk with his dog. The man was known to  walk his dog near the canyon and after he failed to return home more than 1,800 volunteers from the neighborhood assisted authorities in searching the area over the weekend.

"The family wanted me to relay specifically to the citizens of this community just how much they appreciated the incredible efforts over the last several days," Winder said. "They are of course very grateful for the closure and we have mixed emotions. We're glad that he has been discovered and we're very sad that he has been found deceased."

Fritz Helland, 80, has been missing since he went to walk his dog on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2012. 
 (, Unified Police Department) Fritz Helland, 80, has been missing since he went to walk his dog on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2012. (, Unified Police Department)

Winder said the body of Helland's dog was also discovered nearby. He said it appeared that Helland and the animal had both fallen from an incline off of the canyon trail and died together as a result of their injuries.

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