Search crews find body of man who disappeared in the High Unitas

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[UPDATE] In a press release, Duchesne County officials confirm they have found the body of 81-year-old Joseph Weyerman. It appears Weyerman died when he fell about 300 feet while attempting to rappel down a cliff. His body was found at the bottom of a cliff north of Reader Lakes after finding his sleeping bag nearby.

Search and rescue teams will attempt to recover Weyerman’s body on Sunday.


DUCHESNE, Utah (ABC4) – A 70-80-year-old Vernal man is missing in the High Unitas. 

Police say Joseph Weyerman was camping near the Chepeta Lake area for about two weeks when he disappeared. 

“Weyerman was last heard from on Monday and was scheduled to return home Wednesday night,” said Chief Deputy Travis Tucker.

Weyerman’s family notified police on Thursday that he was missing. 

“Searchers on foot and on horseback looked for Weyerman on Friday. They were assisted by a Classic Lifeguard helicopter crew,” Tucker said.

Crews will resume their search Saturday.

“Weyerman is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 190 pounds, has blue eyes and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, blue jeans and a cowboy hat. Authorities believe he is equipped with a backpack, sleeping bag and some food,” Tucker said.

If you have any information about this case, please call Central Dispatch at 435-738-2424.

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