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Missing man in Payson Canyon found safe

Posted at 12:46 PM, Jul 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-01 08:31:04-04

PAYSON, Utah — A man who was missing since Friday was found two days later.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff's Office said 52-year-old Daniel Kory Walker went up Payson Canyon at around 10:30-11:30 a.m. and never returned.

Walker's car was found in an overflow parking lot by Maple Dell Scout Camp.

Teams on the ground are searching the area, but they are dealing with very rugged terrain. A helicopter is also assisting with the search by helping to shuttle teams to the tops of nearby peaks. Drones and K-9s were also brought in to help look for him.

Cannon announced Sunday that Walker flagged down a driver around 8:40 a.m. on Sunday and got a ride to the search and rescue command post.

"He was weak from not eating or drinking for nearly 45 hours, but was otherwise ok," Cannon tweeted. "Daniel told rescuers he needed to clear his mind and said wasn’t avoiding searchers but wanted time alone."