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Friends, family gather to remember BYU student after body found

By Haley Smith | Posted - Jun. 6, 2013 at 8:38 a.m.


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PROVO — After search and rescue crews hiked down Y Mountain to inform family members they found Tyler Mayle's body Wednesday night, a group gathered to remember the BYU student.

Students gathered to sing a tribute to their classmate just after Mayle's parents heard the news. Provo police say this is a devastating time for the family, but they were able to see a glimpse of the love the BYU community has for Mayle.

"Our hearts and prayers go to the family," said Lt. Matt Siufunua, Provo Police Department. "As you can imagine, it's a very hard time for them."

At about 9 p.m. Wednesday, search and rescue crews discovered Mayle's body near the base of a 60-foot cliff near Eagle Pass. Police didn't offer many details on what happened, but said they are frequently called to the area for search and rescues.

Searchers found the body in the same area where Mayle's cellphone was pinged and traced. Mayle had been missing for four days. He went hiking near Y Mountain around 11:30 a.m. and had planned on returning Saturday night, but hadn't been heard from since.

As crews finished the search, friends and family gathered near the popular hiking trail to remember Mayle and support his family. Mayle served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany, and several of his former companions came out to show their support. He was also a junior at BYU where he played in the marching band.

"When you're in the same section together, you just bond," said Amanda Berg, a fellow student and marching band member. "(We) were just friends."

Berg said she will remember Mayle's personality and sense of humor — he was always making people laugh.

"He was really outgoing and funny," she said. "He always knew how to make everyone laugh."

A few days ago, Berg said she felt prompted to write a French horn version of "God Be with You Till We Meet Again," and now she thinks she knows why.


Our hearts and prayers go to the family. As you can imagine, it's a very hard time for them.

–Lt. Matt Siufunua, Provo Police Department


"I found out (Tuesday) he was missing, and I was like, 'This is why I needed to write that piece,' " she said.

Hailey Mayle, Tyler Mayle's 19-year-old sister, was scheduled to enter the Missionary Training Center Wednesday to serve an LDS mission for in Manchester, N.H. There is no word yet on if or when she will report to the MTC.

Funeral arrangements are still pending.

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