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Body of missing Montana man discovered in Emery County

Apr 14, 2022, 7:20 PM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 11:42 am

The body of Jonathan Baker, 53, and his truck were found Thursday morning in Emery County. Baker, f...

The body of Jonathan Baker, 53, and his truck were found Thursday morning in Emery County. Baker, from Montana, was reported missing on April 10. Photo credit: Emery County Sheriff's Office

EMERY COUNTY, Utah — The Emery County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team discovered the body of a missing Montana man Thursday morning.

Jonathan Baker, 53, had not been heard from since April 7 when he contacted his son. He told his son he was at Moonshine Wash south of Green River. On April 10, he was reported missing when he failed to pick up his son in Salt Lake City and return home to Bozeman, Montana.

The body of Jonathan Baker, 53, was found Thursday morning in Emery County. Photo credit: Emery County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a press release from the Emery County Sheriff’s Office, a Salt Lake City man notified authorities Thursday morning. After watching a news report about Baker on Thursday, the man told authorities he saw the victim’s truck near Colonnade Arch on April 8 during a trip to Emery County. 

The man also reported to authorities that he and a friend saw a man with a pack who appeared to be sleeping on the slick rock.

With that information, emergency personnel checked Colonnade Arch immediately Thursday morning. Authorities say the truck was discovered in a small parking lot. The body of the missing Montana man was discovered roughly a half-mile from the truck.

The Emery County Sheriff’s Office says foul play is not suspected.

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