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68-year-old man dies after falling during hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon, police say

A bicyclist is shown riding up Big Cottonwood Canyon on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. A 68-year-old man died while hiking in the canyon on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

A bicyclist is shown riding up Big Cottonwood Canyon on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. A 68-year-old man died while hiking in the canyon on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)



SALT LAKE CITY — A 68-year-old man died Wednesday after falling during a hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon, police said.

Jed Homer, of Sandy, died in the incident, according to a news release from Unified Police.

Homer was hiking with a friend down from the summit of Mount Raymond in the Butler Fork area of Big Cottonwood Canyon, police said. Homer slipped and fell about 400 feet down a steep slope in the Mill A drainage, the news release said.

Homer's hiking partner climbed down the slope and discovered that Homer had suffered severe head trauma and died in the fall. Both were experienced hikers and the incident was a tragic accident, police said.

Crews from Unified police and Salt Lake County Search and Rescue responded to the area about 2 p.m. Wednesday to recover Homer's body from the area.

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