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Missing hiker found dead after 1,000-foot fall in Kings Peak area

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Posted at 8:10 PM, Sep 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 22:06:07-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — A hiker who had been missing for several days in the High Uintas was found dead Sunday.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office said 25-year-old Kyle Wimpenny of Boise, Idaho was in Utah to backpack in the High Uintas and hike King's Peak, Utah’s highest.

The search began after his roommate reported him missing when he didn't return home Wednesday as expected.

Wimpenny’s vehicle was located early Thursday morning at the Henry’s Fork trailhead. After four days of extensive searching, his body was found Sunday around 2:30 p.m.

The sheriff's office said it appeared he fell about 1,000 feet while attempting to summit Kings Peak. He was airlifted from the Henry's Fork drainage to Kamas and then transported to the state medical examiner's office.

(Photos courtesy Summit County Sheriff's Office)

"Our hearts are broken for the Wimpenny family and friends. We offer our most sincere condolences as they mourn the tragic loss of Kyle. Hug your family members and friends often," the sheriff's office wrote in the announcement.

The sheriff's office also thanked the many agencies that assisted in the four-day search: Summit County Search & Rescue, Intermountain Life Flight, Duchesne County Search & Rescue, Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, Uintah County Search & Rescue, Utah National Guard, Classic Air, Great Basin K9 Search & Rescue, and Idaho 1 – K9 Team.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for his family. Click here to view or donate.