Hiker reported missing in Big Cottonwood Canyon found safe

Posted at 2:20 PM, Aug 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-06 19:48:23-04

UPDATE: Search and rescue crews at the scene have confirmed that the missing hiker has been found and he is safe.

Authorities say the man had wandered off the trail to the west. As of 5:40 p.m. rescuers were with the man and were going to assist him off the mountain.

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BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah — Search and rescue crews assisted by a helicopter are looking for a missing 70-year-old hiker in the Donut Falls area of Big Cottonwood Canyon, and authorities say the man doesn’t speak English and suffers from dementia.

Unified Police Department says the missing man was last seen in the Donut Falls area around noon Sunday when some other hikers saw him coming down the trail.

The man is wearing a maroon shirt and khaki pants, and police say he is missing an arm. He is pictured in the photo above, but police note the man “is bald now.”

Det. Ken Hansen, UPD, says search and rescue crews have responded as well as a helicopter. Hansen said the missing man is not from Utah and doesn’t speak English. The man also suffers from dementia.

Hansen said the man was in the area with family members but got separated from the group.

Fox 13 News has reached out to authorities for more information, and we’ll update this story as more details emerge.