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Hiker Found Dead in Glen Canyon

Hiker Found Dead in Glen Canyon

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The body of a Salt Lake City man who decided to hike farther than friends and family was discovered Tuesday in the Glen Canyon Recreation area.

Kent Edward Thomas, 65, was identified as the victim, according to a statement from the National Park Service.

Thomas and four other people vacationing at Lake Powell took a boat from their camp site at Slick Rock Canyon to the Rincon for a day hike. Authorities said Thomas decided to continue hiking and became separated from the group.

After nearly six hours of searching, a group member found Thomas' body lying under a rock overhang nearly two miles from shore.

The body was flown to Salt Lake City for an autopsy but park service officials didn't suspect foul play. Instead, they said exposure -- temperatures were well above 100 degrees -- may have been a contributing cause.

Park rangers and the San Juan County Sheriff's office were investigating.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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