EMERY COUNTY, Utah — A trio of sisters was found in good condition after a family member reported them overdue from a hike in the Hidden Splendor area of Emery County, where they were maneuvering a slot canyon known as The Squeeze, according to the Emery County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials with the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post the search was different from most because the sisters are all experienced in technical canyoneering and were well-prepared for the overnight stay in the slot canyon.
They had told a family member they would call between 10 p.m. and midnight Monday, but the family reached out to dispatch at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday when the sisters had not made contact with anyone.
The ECSO said Capt. Kyle Ekker and the Utah Department of Public Safety’s helicopter launched from the Governor’s Public Safety Summitt in Davis County and located the trio around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday and transported the women to the trailhead where search and rescue team members were staged in case a ground search was needed.
The sheriff’s office said the women had the proper equipment and emergency gear, including food and a water-filtration system and had studied the area before climbing.
While maneuvering the canyon, conditions required more time than anticipated and the women spent the night on the trail before starting out Tuesday morning, according to the ECSO.
The women expressed their appreciation for the concern and professionalism of all involved.
EMERY COUNTY, Utah — Authorities are investigating the death of a man found in Emery County last week as a homicide.
According to the Emery County Sheriff’s Office, 61-year-old William Randy Jones of Price was found dead on a cut-off road between Mohrland and Hiawatha on May 2.
“That discovery has led to a homicide investigation,” a press release from Emery County Sheriff’s Office states.
Authorities are working to identify persons of interest and conduct interviews, and they said the investigation is continuing and search warrants are being prepared.
No details regarding the cause and manner of Jones’ death have been released.
Fox 13 News will update this story as more details emerge.
EMERY COUNTY, Utah – The Emery County Sheriff’s Office reported the body of a 61-year-old man was found Thursday afternoon.
Police identified the man as William Randy Jones of Price, Utah.
The sheriff’s office said the case is in the early stages of investigation and no other information is available for release right now.
This is a developing story. It will be updated when new information becomes available.