Hikers found a dead body near the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon Friday afternoon.

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — Unified police believe a man found dead by hikers Friday afternoon committed suicide.

The body was found at the base of an outcropping of rocks near the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Investigators say the man was in his early 20s and matches the description of someone who was there with two other men on Thursday. The man's identity was not released Friday.