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Searches continue at Strawberry Reservoir for missing Utah brothers

By Ashley Imlay, KSL | Posted - Jul. 21, 2019 at 9:18 p.m.

STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR — Crews continued searching Sunday for two brothers last seen on Strawberry Reservoir four days earlier.

Thursday afternoon, searchers found the empty boat of James "Jim" Gardiner, 70, of Salem, and Mark Gardiner, 61, of Pleasant Grove.

As of late Sunday evening, the men still hadn't been found, Wasatch County dispatchers said.

State park rangers and sheriff's deputies were called about 2:30 p.m. Thursday after a passerby spotted the empty boat. When officials were unable to find the boat's owner, the Wasatch County Search and Rescue team also responded.


The boat's motor was still running and it appeared to have drifted to shore on its own. Wasatch County Sheriff Jared Rigby said a hat was found in the water and another near the shore.

On Saturday, the sheriff's office in a Facebook post thanked the Gardiner family for "their strength and kindness" during the search.

Sonar boat teams, Utah Search Dogs and Rocky Mountain Search Dogs were also aiding in the hunt, according to the office.

"Crews are continuing their search patterns late into the night, then resting until daylight. Thanks to the families of our Wasatch County Search & Rescue members, deputies and dispatchers who work to make all of this possible," the post said.

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