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Search for elderly camper in Uintas will resume Saturday

First Published      Last Updated Sep 11 2015 07:48 pm

Summit County personnel suspended their search Friday for a 77-year-old Provo man missing in the Uinta Mountains since Thursday night. They will resume the search Saturday.

Summit County Sheriff Detective Casey Bates said Christian Herrera, who had been on a horseback camping trip, became separated from a friend about 2 p.m. Thursday.

"We believe they had been riding to Kings Peak from the Henrys Fork Campground. [Herrera] stopped along the trail [and abandoned his horse] to take some pictures and that's when he became separated from his friend," Bates said. "His friend looked for him and couldn't find him, so he rode out where he could make a call [about 9 p.m. Thursday] to the sheriff's office."

Herrera was described as being in good health, but he was not believed prepared to spend the night in the mountains, where overnight temperatures have been dipping into the 40s this week.

About 30 searchers were involved in the effort on Friday, assisted by a Life Flight helicopter.

Herrera is described as 5-foot-8, 150 pounds with gray hair and a gray shorter-style beard. He was last seen wearing a dark green light wind breaker, khaki pants, tan cap and hiking boots. He left with two Black Diamond walking poles and wears prescription sunglasses.


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