Bodies of Missing Hikers Found

Bodies of Missing Hikers Found

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Bodies of two Brigham Young University students who failed to return from a hiking trip were found this afternoon in a pool of water in a slot canyon in southern Utah.

Garfield County sheriff's officers say the bodies of 25-year-old John Anderson of St. David, Arizona, and 24-year-old Brad Underwood of Tucson, Arizona, were found in ten to 15 feet of water in the Choprock Canyon area about two to four miles from the Egypt Trailhead. That is where their car was found last weekend.

The bodies were recovered by helicopter.

Sheriff's officer Terry Cooper says there had been no flash floods and it was believed they were probably just trying to cross the water in the narrow canyon when they drowned.

The two began the hike last Wednesday and were supposed to return by late Friday or early Saturday.

The search began after they were reported overdue.

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

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