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Body of missing hiker found at Zion National Park

Southern Utah
SPRINGDALE, Utah (News4Utah) –  UPDATE: The body of a missing hiker was found Wednesday, National Park Service officials said.

Officials say a body found at the end of Deertrap Mountain Trail in Zion National Park matched the description of 47-year-old Maurice Harris. He was last seen at the trailhead of the East Rim Trail heading toward the Weeping Rock Shuttle Stop in Zion Canyon on Monday. 
 
Washington County Search and Rescue, Zion National Park Search and Rescue, canine crews from Kane and Washington Counties, and helicopters from Grand Canyon National Park and Utah Department of Public Safety.
 
 
“This is an extremely sad event,” said Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh. “Our thoughts go out to Mr. Harris’ family and friends.”
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[Previous report]
Search and Rescue in southern Utah are looking for a northern Utah hiker who was reported missing Monday night when he failed to meet up with a friend after a hike in Zion National Park. 
 
According to a press release issued by Aly Baltrus, spokesperson for Zion National Park, Maurice “Moe” Harris, 47, was dropped off by a friend around 4 p.m.Monday at the East Rim Trailhead. When he did not return to meet the friend at Weeping Rock Shuttle stop around 10 p.m. he called authorities.
 
A search of the East Rim Trail and Cable Mountain were completed by Search and Rescue on Tuesday followed by a helicopter search and help from Grand Canyon National Park authorities.
 
The Utah Department of Public Safety flew the area overnight looking for heat signatures and Kane County Search and Rescue searched roads and two-tracks on Zion’s east boundary. No sign of Harris was found.
 
The search picked back up Wednesday morning with six teams, including responders from Kane and Washington Counties and several canine units. Each team has been assigned a different section of the East Rim Trail, the intersecting trails, and the side canyons. Currently there are about 40 people are assigned to the incident.
 
Harris is described as 6 foot 2 inches tall and weights about 275 lbs. He has light skin, dark hair that has been shaved bald and a “5 o’clock shadow” beard. 
 
He was wearing a dark OD green t-shirt with a bear on it and a white tank top, dark colored shorts and a blue “Navy SeaBees” hat. He had a GoPro strapped on over the hat, a blue Salomon hydration pack and sunglasses. He did have water and snacks with him but no lights or extra equipment. 
 

Anyone with any information please call Kane County Sheriff 435-644-2349

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