Sun. Oct 1st, 2023

A person who despatched a clue of a snowy mountain to a buddy months in the past has been discovered lifeless, a Utah sheriff’s workplace mentioned.

Earlier than Austin Madsen, 32, of Mapleton, went lacking in January, he informed his household he was heading to Arizona, the Mapleton Metropolis Police Division mentioned in a Feb. 1 Fb put up.

On Jan. 29, Madsen made a telephone name and despatched a buddy a video clip earlier than vanishing, McClatchy Information beforehand reported the Garfield County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned.

The clip, posted to Fb by his spouse, exhibits a 360-degree view from a snowy mountain summit.

The sheriff’s workplace mentioned in a June 1 information launch that it did an “intensive search and rescue” close to the “Dry Hallow space on Mount Dutton” after Madsen was reported lacking.

Searchers recorded a ping from Madsen’s telephone in Garfield County, and a search discovered his automobile, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned.

Search groups additionally discovered footprints within the snow and adopted them, deputies mentioned.

Nevertheless, due to “excessive winter climate” within the space, deputies mentioned they suspended the search efforts. Deputies mentioned they exhausted all their leads in February.

Deputies mentioned they once more searched over the weekend of Could 20 however didn’t discover any leads.

Then, on Could 29, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned it obtained a report of human stays discovered “within the Mount Dutton space,” about 5 miles southwest of the place the sheriff’s workplace initially centered its search efforts for Madsen.

An post-mortem confirmed the stays have been Madsen, who died of “pure causes,” deputies mentioned.

“This isn’t the information we thought we’d get,” a buddy wrote on Fb. “My coronary heart hurts for Austin’s household.”

Madsen leaves behind a spouse and two sons, in response to the buddy.

Mount Dutton is in southern Utah, about 230 miles south of Salt Lake Metropolis.

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