Search and rescue crews recover body believed to be missing hiker

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UTAH COUNTY (News4Utah) – Utah County Search and Rescue recovered a body in Provo Canyon Tuesday evening.

Search and rescue teams with help from the Department of Public Safety helicopter recovered a body they said was found above the Aspen Grove area near an elevation of 9,000 ft. 

Utah County Sheriff’s Office said it is waiting for a positive identification, but deputies believe the body belongs to Jake Routt, 36, of Orem. Routt has been missing since September 16.

Utah County Search and Rescue, Department of Public Safety, family, friends and community members have been searching the areas near the Aspen Grove Trailhead in the weeks following his disappearance. 

On a Facebook page dedicated to the search for Jake, friends, and family indicated that they’re “confident” the body belongs to Routt: 

“We want to thank with all of our hearts those of you who have followed our family and because of the efforts of someone following this Facebook page and volunteering on their own to search, that we found Jake. We cannot express our gratitude for the prayers and love shown to our family. We will update as things progress but for now, we continue to ask for prayers as the family begins the next steps in this journey. We may not be able to get to questions and comments over the next little while but know we are so grateful. Thank you.”

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