Summit County search crews find 77-year-old man in good condition

Posted at 12:56 PM, Sep 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-13 17:59:53-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — A 77-year-old man was found in good condition after being missing for three days in the Uinta Mountains, officials confirmed Sunday.

The search for Christian Herrera began on Sept. 10, when Summit County Sheriff’s dispatch received a call reporting a missing person in the Kings Peak area of the Uinta Mountains.

The man was found Sunday in the Painter Basin area around 12:30 p.m. and was first spotted by aerial crews. The man was taken by LifeFlight from the remote area to a trailhead. Herrera suffered minor injuries and was dehydrated, but after being treated by responders he was reunited with his family.

The man’s family stated they were “elated” he had been found but requested privacy and declined to speak further to media regarding the rescue.

According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Herrera had been camping with three other people at Henry’s Fork Campground. Herrera and another member of his party left the campground on horseback toward the Kings Peak area.

At some point, Herrera dismounted his horse and walked up a trail to take photographs and became separated from his friend, according to a press release from SCSO.

It is unknown where Herrera was found or how the Provo man survived the past nights in the mountains. More information will be released as it becomes available.