DUCHESNE — Search teams found the body of a missing Vernal man in the remote wilderness of the High Uintas Saturday.
Joseph Weyerman, 81, died when he fell about 300 feet while attempting to rappel down a cliff, Duchesne County Sheriff's Lt. Jeremy Curry said in a press release.
A search team found Weyerman at the bottom of a cliff north of Reader Lakes after discovering his sleeping bag nearby, Curry said.
Due to the steep terrain, search crews were not able to recover Weyerman's body. The Uintah County Sheriff's Office search and rescue team is expected to attempt to retrieve his body on Sunday, Curry said.
Weyerman had set up a base camp in the Chepeta Lake area of the Uintas and had traveled back and forth to the camp over the past two weeks, according to Duchesne County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Travis Tucker.
Weyerman was last heard from on Monday and was scheduled to return home Wednesday night. When he didn't return, his family contacted the sheriff's office late Thursday to report him missing, Tucker said.
"The sheriff would like to thank everyone who helped with the search and those who will now work to recover Mr. Weyerman's body," Curry said. "He also extends his sincere condolences to Mr. Weyerman's family and friends."