Search underway for Provo man who left trail to take photos, never returned

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KINGS PEAK, Summit County — Crews are searching for a Provo man who left his friend on the trail to Kings Peak to take some photos Thursday and never returned.

Christian Herrera, 77, was camping with three other people when he and one member of the group went riding toward Kings Peak. Herrera got off his horse and set off on his own, he was last seen at 2 p.m. Thursday about a mile north of Gunsight Pass, said Summit County sheriff's detective Casey Bates.

"He abandoned his horse to go up a hiking trail, and that was the last that they saw him," Bates said.

The pair was in a dense, forested area when they were separated. Herrera's group searched the area but left to call for help about 9 p.m. when the 77-year-old couldn't be found.

Herrera is in good physical condition and had appropriate clothing and supplies for the afternoon ride but was not prepared to stay on the mountain overnight, Bates said. He is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and 150 pounds with gray hair and a light gray beard.

Herrera was last seen wearing a dark green windbreaker, khaki pants, a tan hat a hiking boots. He was using two Black Diamond brand trekking poles when he went off on his own.

About 30 searchers, including crews on horseback and a helicopter, were looking for Herrera Friday. The Summit County Sheriff's Office is not currently asking for civilian volunteers in the search.

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