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Body of missing Idaho hiker found along Henry's Fork Trail

By Jen Riess, | Posted - Sep. 20, 2020 at 8:23 p.m.

PARK CITY — A four-day search for a missing Idaho hiker came to a conclusion on Sunday, when crews found his body alongside a popular trail in the High Uintas.

Kyle S. Wimpenny, 25, left his Idaho home on Sunday, Sept. 13 to do some backpacking to Kings Peak and was expected to return that following Wednesday. When he did not return home, his roommates called authorities and reported him as missing, Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez wrote in a statement.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office received a call just after midnight on Thursday and located Wimpenny’s vehicle at the Henry’s Fork Trailhead.

Wimpenny's body was located by the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau at the Kings Peak drainage. Officials say it appears he fell approximately 1,000 feet while attempting to reach the peak.

His body was transported to the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner in Kamas.

Martinez wrote Summit County Search and Rescue crews received help from Duchesne and Uintah county search and rescue, Utah National Guard, Intermountain Life Flight along with other agencies.

"Our hearts are broken for the Wimpenny family and friends," wrote Martinez. "We offer our most sincere condolences as they mourn the tragic loss of Kyle. Hug your family members and friends often."

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