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Utah County dirt biker found, banged up but alive

First Published Sep 02 2014 09:38AM      Last Updated Oct 03 2014 02:16 pm

A man who went missing during a Labor Day ride on his dirt bike in the mountains east of Pleasant Grove was spotted from the air Tuesday morning, banged up but alive.

Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon said details were not immediately clear on what happened to the 39-year-old Orem off-road biker, but it appeared he may have crashed on the trail between the Battle Creek and Grove Creek areas.

He had last been seen about 8 p.m. Monday, and when he did not return as expected friends called 911. Search and rescue workers had to suspend their efforts with nightfall Monday, but resumed at dawn and the man was spotted a short time later.

Cannon said the man was conscious and on his feet when discovered. Ground crews were dispatched to his location, along with a helicopter, to assess his injuries and help transport him back down the mountain and to the hospital.

The extent of the man’s injuries, while not life-threatening, were not immediately known.


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