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Police tentatively ID body found in Wailua Valley as Utah man

Posted - Apr. 21, 2010 at 10:27 p.m.



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KALAHEO, Hawaii -- Police in Hawaii believe they have found the body of an Orem man who has been missing for nearly a week.

Ryan Soper had been hiking in Kauai's Wailua Valley. His family reported him missing on April 15 during a vacation.

Kaua'i police -- along with personnel from the Honolulu Police Department Special Services Division including, two search dogs and their handlers and a supervisor -- began searching at around 8:00 Wednesday morning for Soper.

They found the body above Secret Falls at around noon with the assistance of visitors in the area. Authorities tell KSL they tentatively identified Soper's body by the clothes he was wearing.

The 26-year-old man was last seen headed down a trail near Wailua Falls after he had fallen and struck his head.

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