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Volunteers continue search for missing hiker in Utah Valley

October 7, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Volunteers in Utah County continue to search for a hiker who’s been missing for three weeks.

Family and friends of 36-year-old Jake Routt tell the Deseret News that they’re obsessed with finding him and feel they’re getting closer.

Routt’s backpack and sandals have been found, but no other clues that could explain what happened to the experienced hiker.

Authorities say Routt texted a friend on Sept. 16 telling her he was going on a hike and would talk to her later, but the friend never heard back from him.

Routt’s car was found by police at the Aspen Grove Trailhead parking lot at Mount Timpanogos and a helicopter spotted some of his belongings near Aspen Grove.

Searchers have covered miles scanning the thick brush and sheer slopes to no avail.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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