Search scaled back for 74-year-old missing in Uinta Mountains

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SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The search for a 74-year-old man missing in the Uinta Mountains for a week has been scaled back, according to Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

In a press release issued by Sheriff Justin Martinez, searchers have been scouring the mountains for the last 6 days very intensively for Melvin Heaps but as of 6 p.m. Sunday, the search efforts have been scaled back. 

“The Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Search & Rescue have worked diligently, and has exhausted many resources in hopes of finding Melvin,” Martinez said in the release. “The search will continue, but with limited resources. We wish to thank the many experts and volunteers from so many committed agencies and organizations.”

Several agencies and organizations have been involved in the search for Heaps since he disappeared on a hike while visiting family in Utah. Those agencies include the United States Forest Service, the Utah Department of Public Safety, Wasatch County Search & Rescue, Utah Search Dogs, Great Basin K9 Search & Rescue, United States Airforce – Civil Air Patrol, The Garrett Bardsley Foundation & Many Volunteers and Denise’s Home Plate, Coalville (Meals for searchers).

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who has or had a trail camera anywhere in the Crystal Lake area to please contact them at 435-615-3600. 

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