Jay Adamson

TOOELE — The search for a 41-year-old diabetic man missing in the western desert area since Wednesday ended Saturday when his body was found about a half-mile from his car.

A volunteer searcher found the body of Jay Adamson about 11 a.m. at the bottom of a cliff, said Glen Murray, an administrative services coordinator with the Tooele County Sheriff's Office. Adamson appeared to have died as a result of the fall.

Adamson, who lived in Draper, had gone hiking alone Wednesday morning in the rugged area. The trek was a favorite of the avid hiker because it was rarely used, said his brother, Ken Adamson.

Jay Adamson's family contacted authorities late Thursday night after finding his vehicle in the desert. They became concerned when Adamson failed to show up for work.

The hiker's wife last heard from him Wednesday via text message, according to the sheriff's office.

Adamson, a Holladay native, was the father of six. His oldest, a 19-year-old, recently left for Sweden on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Adamson's youngest is 6 years old.

"I think what describes (my brother) best is his adoration of his wife and his love for his kids," Ken Adamson said.

A fund for the children has been set up at America's First Credit Union under Jay Adamson's name.