Body of missing Utah fisherman found

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UPDATE: The body of a Robert “Austin” Harker, 34, of Millcreek was recovered Saturday from the Lake Canyon area of Duchesne County, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

In a press release issued Saturday Wasatch County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team began looking for Harker on Friday morning with assistance from Utah Department of Public Safety and Utah National Guard helicopter crews.

Late Friday, a citizen provided information that led searchers to Harker’s pickup truck in the Lake Canyon area but did not locate Harker near the vehicle.

Crews from Wasatch and Duchesne counties resumed the search early Saturday morning, with help from the DPS and National Guard helicopter crews, and Great Basin K-9 Search and Rescue.

Harker’s body was found about 11:15 a.m. by search and rescue members flying over the area in the National Guard helicopter. Detectives found no evidence of foul play.

The Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death.

“Our condolences go out to the Harker and Cowart families and we appreciate their help and their strength during the search for Austin,” Duchesne County Sheriff Travis Tucker said. “We ask the public and the press to respect the family’s request for privacy during this very difficult time.”


HEBER CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help finding a missing fisherman.

Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office said Robert “Austin” Harker, 34, of Millcreek, hasn’t been seen or heard from since 11 a.m. Thursday.

Deputies said Harker traveled to the Strawberry River southeast of Heber to fly fish on Thursday. He called his wife to report that the Solider Creek Dam Road he intended to use was closed and he was driving further east to fish. He was supposed to return home later that afternoon but did not.

Search and rescue and law enforcement are asking for the public’s help in finding his truck. They said Harker was driving a 2013 gray four-door Toyota Tacoma truck with a shell. There is a hard-sided fishing rod mounted on the top of the shell.

Austin Harker is described as a white man, 6’3” and about 210 pounds, with a short beard. He is likely wearing fishing clothing and gear.

If you have seen Austin or his vehicle on March 12 or 13, you’re asked to contact the Wasatch County 911 Center by calling 435-654-1411.

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