UPDATE: Crews on Friday still searching for missing man near Hidden Lake
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing man who was camping in the Hidden Lake area of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
According to a press release, Ray Humpherys, 66, of South Jordan, did not return to the campground Wednesday evening. His family contacted the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at around 12:30 p.m. Thursday. He had not been found as of Friday morning.
Lt. Andrew Wright with the Sheriff’s Office said Humphreys’ family takes an annual backpacking trip and are avid hikers. He said Humphreys was with several of his children when he went missing.
“When the family went to bed around 10 p.m. Wednesday, he told them he was going to the lake about 40 yards away to get water to put out the fire,” he said. “That was the last anyone saw or heard of him, and it’s unclear if anyone knows whether he came back to the camp and grabbed some supplies.”
Sheriff’s deputies and members of Summit County Search and Rescue began searching for Humpherys Thursday afternoon, with assistance from the Utah Department of Public Safety and Great Basin K9 Search and Rescue. Wright said additional aircraft from the U.S. Air Force will assist in the search.
“We will search until we find him,” he said. “If we don’t find him (Friday), then we will pull off and resume in the morning.”
Humpherys was last seen wearing a black jacket and vest with a gray shirt and tan/gray pants. He stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 190 pounds.
Anyone who has seen Humpherys is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 435-615-3600.
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