Family believes body found in Davis County canyon is missing hiker

A cougar hunter found human remains in Shepard Creek Canyon in Davis County on Friday.

The hunter reported the remains at 11:30 a.m., according to Davis County sheriff’s Sgt. DeeAnn Servey.

“It was a difficult area,” she said Friday night, adding that the search and rescue crew used a helicopter to recover the body.

While police are waiting for the medical examiner to definitively identify the body, the family of 26-year-old Jeanna Reid believe it’s her remains.

Reid went missing in early October.

Servey said she is aware that the family has publicly stated the body is Reid’s and that Farmington police have been in contact with them. However, Servey said the body had decomposed and without DNA or dental records, it’s too early to come to that conclusion.

Servey said the medical examiner could take up to 72 hours to confirm an identity, but it is often quicker than that.

The hunter told police that the location of the remains was a strenuous two-hour hike from the Shepherd’s Creek trailhead in Farmington. The body was off the trail.

Reid’s family said on the Find Jeanna Reid Facebook page that it appears Reid was hiking on rocky terrain and fell into a river.

Davis County’s search and rescue team finished retrieving the body by 7 p.m. Friday.

Investigators are not treating the death as suspicious.

Servey declined to comment on how long the body had been on the mountain but said it looked “weathered.”