Update: Missing hunter found dead in Iron County

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IRON COUNTY — The missing hunter found deceased in Iron County Monday was a man from California who had arrived in Utah Thursday to hunt.

The man was first reported missing by his family Saturday, according to an Iron County Sheriff’s Office media statement issued Monday afternoon.

At 10 p.m. Saturday, sheriff’s deputies were sent to check on the man’s welfare where his camp was supposed to be near Buckskin Road by state Route 20 in north east Iron County, the release stated.

Though the man’s camp was located, the man was not there.

“A search of the immediate area was conducted which did not resulted (sic) in locating the subject,” according to the report. “Family members wanted to wait to see if he called the following day.”

When family had not heard from the man by 4 p.m. Sunday, they called the Iron County Sheriff’s Office once again seeking assistance. Arriving back at the man’s camp, deputies still found no trace of him.

It was then that Iron County Search and Rescue was called in to assist in locating the missing man, according to the media statement.

Volunteers combed the area until 2 a.m. Monday before calling the search off for the night. The search resumed at 8 a.m. Monday.

They found the missing man dead about one mile away from his camp, the Iron County Sheriff’s Office said in the statement.

“This death is not suspicious in nature and no foul play is suspected,” the statement said. “The body will be sent to the state Medical Examiner’s office pending an autopsy.”

Though the family who reported the man missing has been notified, Iron County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Del Schlosser said, the Sheriff’s Office wants to give the family time to notify next of kin before they will release the man’s name and the city he is from.

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