UPDATE: Missing hiker found dead in Utah park identified as UMSL professor

Sunday, August 4, 2013 | 5:31 p.m. CDT; updated 10:58 a.m. CDT, Monday, August 5, 2013

CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Utah — A 73-year-old missing hiker from Missouri has been found dead in Canyonlands National Park in Utah.

Wayne County sheriff's deputies say the man had been hiking alone and his body was found in Horseshoe Canyon on Saturday.

They identified him as Grant Welland, a professor emeritus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Welland was supposed to have been out of the canyon by July 28 and was reported missing Friday.

Investigators say they're unsure how long he had been dead, and that his cause of death will be determined by the Utah State Medical Examiner's Office.

Deputies say Welland was doing different hikes and had sufficient drinking water and good hiking shoes. His vehicle was found at the canyon's trailhead.

Horseshoe Canyon is famous for its American Indian rock art.


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