UPDATE: Overdue hiker found dead in Little Cottonwood Canyon

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FRIDAY 5/21/2021 8:51 a.m.

ALTA, Utah (ABC4) – An overdue hiker has been found dead in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Authorities tell ABC4 31-year-old Brent Rane of Salt Lake City, described as an experienced hiker, fell on his descent.

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He has been declared dead.

“When you have these steep hills if you make a mistake the penalty is pretty significant you have to be extra careful,” Detective Ken Hansen tells ABC4.  

Police say the hiker headed up Mt. Superior Thursday around 2:30 p.m.

Family tell police that around 8 p.m., the man called to say he was descending.

Search and Rescue were notified around 1 a.m. and found the man’s body around 7 a.m.

Police say the hiker appeared to have slipped on some snow, fell about 80 feet, and hit his head on a rock.

“I would wait until the snow is gone, wait until it is not so slippery. It’s a little dryer and perhaps a little warmer and, if possible, have someone with you,” Detective Hansen says.

Although the hiker was experienced, police say he left a little too late in the day and warns folks that Little Cottonwood Canyon is not the safest place to hike right now.

Unified Police Department says this is the 10th Search and Rescue mission in the past 12 days for a lost or stranded hiker.

Original Story: Search underway for overdue hiker in Little Cottonwood Canyon

FRIDAY 5/21/2021 7:23 a.m.

ALTA, Utah (ABC4) – Crews are now searching for an overdue hiker in Salt Lake County.

Authorities have confirmed to ABC4 the individual was hiking toward Mt. Superior, located north of the Snowbird and Alta ski resorts.

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The call came in around 1 a.m. after the hiker did not return Thursday. A full-scale search and rescue effort is now underway near the Hellgate area of Little Cottonwood Canyon, on the north side of Canyon Road near Mt. Superior.

Crews search for overdue hiker near Little Cottonwood Canyon (ABC4)

ABC4’s Jerad Giottonini is on scene working to gather additional information. This is a developing story; ABC4 will provide updates as information becomes available.

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