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74-year-old hiker missing in the Uintas

Jessica Miller | The Salt Lake Tribune A lake is spotted in the distance during a hike to Clyde Lake in the Uinta Mountains.

Summit County Search and Rescue members on Tuesday suspended a search for a 75-year-old man who didn’t return home after hiking in the Uintas. 

Melvin Heaps was last seen Monday, when he told his family he was going on a day hike in the Crystal Lake area, according to a news release from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

His family reported him missing after he hadn’t come home around midnight and Summit County Sheriff’s deputies found the man’s vehicle at the Crystal Lake trailhead. The looped trail is located about two miles off of the Mirror Lake Highway, about 27 miles into the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez tweeted at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday that crews had suspended the search for the night.

(Photo courtesy Summit County Sheriff's Office) Melvin Heaps, 74, has been reported missing by his family after he didn't return from a day hike in the Uintas.

Heaps was wearing a red long sleeve shirt and blue jeans with suspenders, the release stated, and typically wears a straw hat when he hikes. 

The Search and Rescue team includes dogs, horses and a Department of Public Safety helicopter, the release stated.

Contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at 435-615-3600 with any information. 

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