LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON — A 77-year-old man who disappeared while hiking with friends and family members was found "worn out" but in otherwise good shape early Sunday, according to police.
The man was hiking the White Pine Trail about 11 a.m. Saturday. He was falling behind others in his group and eventually told them to go ahead without him, said Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell.
When the group returned later to the parking lot and couldn't find the man, they called police. Search and rescue crews arrived in the area about 5 p.m. A medical helicopter aided in the search, Bell said.
By about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, crews were getting ready to call off the search for the night when they heard the man yelling and then spotted him, he said. The man, however, was on an opposite ledge.
"It sounds like he was slowly making his way down a trail that he thought would lead him where he wanted to go. It was not the correct trail. He had gone quite a ways away from where he was supposed to be," Bell said.
Search and rescue teams were able to hike to where the man was and reached him by 2 a.m., he said. Despite being tired, the man was able to walk down on his own. The group reached the parking lot by 3 a.m., Bell said. At that point, the man declined medical attention and just went home with his family, he said.