Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts

Missing 76-year-old hiker found in rainy Wasatch County
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Search and rescue located a missing elderly hiker near a Wasatch County mountain Friday evening.

Helicopters and officers with three agencies scoured the heavily wooded Iron Mine area, southeast of Kamas for Russell Carson, as a slow-moving storm brought rain to the area.

The 76-year-old's friends had last seen him Friday, and when they went looking for him, they found his vehicle in the area, according to a Wasatch County Sheriff's Office news release.

Forest Service personnel, deputies and search and rescue crews from both Wasatch County and Summit County searched the rugged terrain, finding the man at about 5 p.m., disoriented and suffering from exposure about a mile up the hill from his vehicle, according to a later release. It stated he had fallen, causing an injury severe enough to prevent him from hiking out.

A Life Flight helicopter transported the hiker to Intermountain Medical Center with injurues that were not life threatening.

The release adds, however, that the man would likely "not have survived another night on the mountain, where temperatures drop into the [30s]."


Twitter: @mikeypanda

Article Tools

 Print Friendly
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.