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Helicopter spots body in area where crews searched for missing Utah County hiker

KUTV Salt Lake City logo KUTV Salt Lake City 3/16/2021 Alyssa Roberts, Morgan Saxton KUTV

(UPDATE 12:51 p.m.) -- The Utah County Sheriff's Officer says they've found a body near where they have been searching for missing hiker, 28-year-old Robert "Bobby" Healey, of Saratoga Springs.

The body was located by a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter Tuesday afternoon near the mouth of American Fork Canyon.

Police say they have not yet positively identified the body, saying that information will be confirmed later.

Original story below left unedited for context.

(KUTV) -- A search and rescue operation is underway in American Fork Canyon, Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff's Office confirmed. 

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Crews are searching for a 28-year-old Robert "Bobby" Healey, from Saratoga Springs, who was last seen Sunday around noon. 

Healey is reported to be an avid hiker, but Cannon said the sheriff's office was told he might not have had much equipment with him on Sunday. 

Cannon said the man's car was found in a parking lot in the area. Searchers are trying to use cellphone data to get a better idea of his location. 

Healey reportedly had a conversation with his employer about wanting to hike in the area before leaving. 

Cannon said the area is extremely difficult search, even with spotlights crews can miss areas during sweeps. 

As many as 20 people took part in the five-mile search on Monday night, including ground crews and helicopters with search lights. 

Authorities are most concerned about the weather, as temperatures dropped to 45 degrees or so with misty rain. It could be colder where the hiker is. 

Moisture makes it more challenging and dangerous for people stuck in the mountains, according to Cannon. He recommends if you're going to hike to be well-prepared. Wear the right foot gear, food, waterproof items and even bring a garbage bag to throw over your coat. 

Cannon advised all hikers to let people know where you'll be going and when you expect to return. 

This report has been updated with additional information since its initial publication. 


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