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Elderly Salt Lake man missing in mountainous area of Duchesne County

Elderly Salt Lake man missing in mountainous area of Duchesne County



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MOUNTAIN HOME -- Authorities are searching the mountains of Duchesne County for an 82-year-old man who has been missing since Saturday.

Duchesne County Sheriff Travis Mitchell said the man is from Salt Lake City and was staying with a friend at the Yellowstone Ranch. He was last seen about 3 p.m. Saturday. His ATV was found abandoned by his friend Sunday morning in the area of Dry Gulch Canyon.

The sheriff's office first learned that the man was missing about 1 p.m. Sunday and began its search. Searchers plan to call in search dogs and the state Department of Public Safety helicopter Monday, if the man is not found before they call off their search for the night.

Mitchell said it doesn't appear that the missing man was prepared to spend the night outdoors.

"It doesn't sound like he has very much stuff with him," the sheriff said.

This is not the first time the same man has gone missing in the same area, according to Mitchell. About six years ago the sheriff's office was called out to look for the man after he went missing in Dry Gulch Canyon. He was found after he walked out of nearby Yellowstone Canyon.

"We're kind of covering that area, too," the sheriff said.

Geoff Liesik

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