A Midvale man found Monday by search and rescue crews appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, rather than from a fall into a deep canyon crevice.
Rescue teams recovered the body of Gary Hobson, 49, Midvale, in the Stansbury Island Monday after a six-day search.A Utah Highway Patrol helicopter and a search team member spotted the body while flying over the area at 7 a.m.
Early investigation findings indicate that Hobson's death was a suicide, Tooele County Sheriff Chief Deputy Tom Adams said.
Search crews recovered a handgun near Hobson's body and found documents on his person and in his vehicle that indicated the man was having problems.
Adams was not specific about the nature of Hobson's difficulties.
An autopsy was conducted on Hobson's body Tuesday afternoon by the state medical examiner's office. Results are not available yet.
Hobson had begun a hiking and rock-climbing vacation July 2 and was expected to return July 13. When he didn't, co-workers at the West Valley City company where he worked contacted police.
Police used personal photographs taken of the area by Hobson from previous visits to aid them in pinpointing the location where he might be found.
His body was recovered about one mile from a Jeep he had rented for the trip.