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Two hikers missing in Buckskin Gulch in Kane County, search is ongoing

Mar 14, 2023, 6:30 PM | Updated: Mar 15, 2023, 4:44 pm

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Buckskin Gulch, located in Kane County, has been the site of four fatalities in recent weeks due to flash floods. Photo credit: Steven Law

KANE COUNTY, Utah — Search and rescue efforts are underway in Buckskin Gulch in Kane County for two missing hikers, who were reported being overdue Monday around noon.Police said Wednesday afternoon that they believed they found one of the hikers dead in Arizona, but are waiting for an autopsy to confirm the identity of the body.

According to Kane County Sheriff Tracy Glover, rescue crews have worked through the night and into Tuesday. Originally, there was a report of three missing hikers. However, rescue crews located one of the hikers, who was transported by helicopter to an area hospital.

Glover was unsure of the condition of the hiker.

Additionally, Glover also says rescue crews also came across other individuals, who were in need of assistance. He said most of the individuals were cold and were likely experiencing mild symptoms of hyperthermia. 

Glover says flood waters have come down off the early spring runoff that has complicated the conditions in the bottom of the slot canyon. 

“It’s made it difficult to get through there,” he said. 

Glover said additional rain is expected in the area this evening and into Wednesday.

“We’re a little concerned about that,” he said. “And trying to get our work done as quickly as we can.”

No other information on the search in Buckskin Gulch was available.

This story will be updated. 

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Two hikers missing in Buckskin Gulch in Kane County, search is ongoing