CACHE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A 77-year-old man was found dead after he was reported missing.
According to the Cache County Sheriff’s Office, they received a report of a missing hiker, identified by police as William Bud Mortensen, 77, over the weekend.
Officials say he has not been in contact with his family. Mortensen was an avid hiker and it was not unusual for him to spend his Sunday mornings on a 3 to 5-mile hike.
Members of the Cache County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team, along with family members and friends, spent Tuesday evening searching for Mortensen. Police say the search was called off late in the evening and resumed Wednesday morning.
Members of the Search and Rescue team aided by family members and friends continued searching on horseback, motorcycles, ATVs, and on foot. A helicopter responded from the Department of Public Safety and provided additional aid by searching from the air.
Lt. Doyle Peck from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office said the man was found dead around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in a heavily wooded area.
The Cache County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the many volunteers, both from Search and Rescue as well as from family and friends, who put in a strong effort to find and then recover Mr. Mortensen.