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Hiker found dead after long fall in Little Cottonwood Canyon

Posted at 9:16 AM, May 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-21 14:53:17-04

LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah — Search and Rescue teams discovered the body of a fallen hiker in Little Cottonwood Canyon early Friday morning.

31-year-old Brent Rane had gone on a hike to Mount Superior Thursday afternoon, and his family had reported him as overdue.

“The family called us this morning about 1:19,” Unified Police Department spokesman Ken Hansen said. “We were up here at 1:30 and had search and rescue up on the mountain by 3 a.m. so we’ve been searching but located him at about seven this morning.”

Hansen said Rane had apparently slipped on the snow and had fallen a long distance.

"He’s an experienced trail runner and hiker but up here there’s still a lot of snow, it’s still very wet,” Hansen said. “In this area here there’s very steep hills, steep inclines and can be treacherous.”

Hansen suggests waiting for more snow to melt and for things to dry out before getting in some of these areas.

Rane had notified others that he was going on a hike and told them where he would be hiking.