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Hiker dies after 200-foot fall in Big Cottonwood Canyon

Posted at 12:04 PM, Jul 01, 2024

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah — The body of an overdue hiker was found by search and rescue teams Monday morning, one day after he went out alone in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Later, officials identified the man as Mohammad Abdullah, an 80-year-old who was an "experienced hiker."

According to the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, Abdullah went out Sunday morning at 6 a.m., but was reported overdue by his wife when he did not return by 10 p.m. that evening.

His car was located at the trailhead where the search began Sunday evening.

A Department of Public Safety helicopter found Abdullah's body in the area of Sundial Peak at approximately 9:30 a.m., with officials saying that he had fallen more than 200 feet.

His body was recovered around 11:30 a.m. Monday.