Park City man found in the Uintas in good condition
July 14, 2009
A 64-year-old Park City man, whose car was found burning in the Uinta Mountains east of Kamas, was located in good condition Tuesday afternoon, the authorities said.
He was found in the vicinity of where he was last seen near Washington Lake, Summit County Sheriff’s Office Detective Ron Bridge said.
A search for James Edmunds began Monday at about 2 p.m., Bridge said.
"Sometime on Saturday [Edmunds] was engaged in a verbal argument with his family and left the house in the Park City area to retreat up in the Uintas near Washington Lake," Bridge explained.
A witness encountered Edmunds in the forest Monday at about 1 a.m., Bridge said.
"The witness was attracted to [Edmunds] because his vehicle was on fire up near the Washington Lake campground," Bridge said. "The witness explained that Mr. Edmunds was acting strangely. The witness had his family in his vehicle and didn’t want to approach Mr. Edmunds."
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The rugged country apparently did not suit the Suzuki car Edmunds was driving, he added.
"Somehow either the car overheated and caught fire, or he ruptured the gas tank," Bridge said. "Somehow the vehicle caught fire and our witness actually observed Mr. Edmunds on the outside of his vehicle as the car was burning."
A gun was found inside the vehicle, Bridge explained.
The search Tuesday utilized roughly 20 searchers and a Department of Public Safety helicopter. Edmunds is not related to Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds.