BOUNTIFUL, Utah (ABC4 News) – The search for a Bountiful man missing nearly a week has been called off.
In a statement posted Sunday night on John Page’s Facebook, the family thanked all the volunteers that came out to search for their loved one.
“On behalf of our sweet Father, Grandfather, and Brother. We can not put in words how grateful we are for every single Person that has helped us try to find John over the last 5 days. We are incredibly grateful to Tooele, Box Elder, Utah, and Davis Counties for all of their efforts in this search. They put every single resource they could get and as much time an energy as they could into this!
We can not thank every single person who came and searched for him today! We were completely overwhelmed with how many people cared so much for him! We can never thank you enough.
We had over 200 volunteers out there today! It was so amazing! Search and Rescue told us that they have never been in a search with this many people involved. It was amazing!
The family has made the decision to have the search called off. We believe that he is where he wants to be! He was a cowboy at heart and loved the mountains. We know that he is in a much better place but believe that he is at peace out there on that mountain!
Thank you for all of your help in this search we have been so overwhelmed by the love that has been shown.”
72-year-old John Page was last seen at a Maverick gas station in Centerville on Tuesday July 25. Tooele County Sheriff’s Department and search and rescue teams covered a wide range of their area after Page’s cell phone pinged near Skull Canyon.
Page’s truck was found in Box Elder Canyon on Saturday. Teams from Box Elder, Utah, Davis, Tooele Counties Sheriff’s officers alongside search and rescue crews started their search primarily in Box Elder County northwest of I-80 at that time.
Officials said nothing about the truck looked out-of-place and police believed he left the truck with the intention of going on a hike.
Hundreds of volunteers, search and rescue teams, family and friends searched all day on Saturday and Sunday but have not been able to find him.
The decision to call off the search was made on Sunday.