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25-year-old hunter's body recovered from canyon after fall

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EAST CARBON, Carbon County — The body of a hunter was recovered Sunday from the Desolation Canyon area.

Zach Clement, 25, was mountain lion hunting with family Saturday when he slipped about 11 a.m. and fell 50 feet off a ledge, Carbon County sheriff's detective Wally Hendricks said.

Members of Clement's hunting party had to hike for nearly two hours before they could get cellphone service to call for help, the detective said. Carbon County's search and rescue team responded to the call, but was unable to recover Clement's body due to darkness and the rugged terrain.

On Sunday, Carbon County personnel — assisted by Emery County search and rescue crews and the state Department of Public Safety helicopter — retrieved Clement's remains, Hendricks said.

The state medical examiner will conduct an autopsy as a matter of protocol, the detective said. There was no indication of foul play.

Geoff Liesik

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