Emery County Sheriff's Office
A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter hovers in the San Rafael desert. Police on Friday found the body of a California man whose car was found nearby earlier in December.

GREEN RIVER, Emery County — Authorities say a body found at the snowy foot of a remote cliff on Friday is that of a 53-year-old California man last heard from in October.

A Division of Wildlife Resources officer spotted the remains of Reynaldo Andico while checking up on a trapper nearby, the Emery County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post late Friday.

A search for Andico was set to begin Saturday.

On Friday, a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter hoisted the remains found below a 150-foot ledge. They were determined to be Andico's by the Utah State Medical Examiner's Office.

Bodies of two of the three small dogs Andico took hiking with him also were recovered in the rugged terrain a half-mile from Andico's red Toyota sedan, the sheriff's office said.

A hunter scouting for deer had spotted the car in October, but the sheriff's office ran the plate and determined no alerts had been issued for the car or its owner.

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On Dec. 18, after the Bureau of Land Management referred a tip from a caller, officers found the car. The sheriff's office said its investigators found dog bowls, dog food and other belongings in the car and contacted Andico's family, who subsequently reported him missing.

Family members told investigators they had last heard from Andico on Oct. 13. They said he lacked outdoor survival skills and experience, according to the sheriff's office.

The office did immediately not return calls seeking further information.