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Two Ohio men found dead in Utah slot canyons

Two men from Ohio were found dead in Kanab, Utah and Buckskin Gulch, a series of slot canyons near the Utah-Arizona border. (Image credit: Kane County Sheriff’s Office)

Kanab, Utah (ABC4) – Two Ohio men were identified after their bodies were found. buckskin gulch Kanab and the area near the Utah-Arizona border this week.

The two were identified as Gary York, 65, of Westchester Township, Ohio, and John Walter, 72, of Kettering, Ohio.

Search and rescue officials believe York and Walter were caught off guard by a flash flood while hiking through a slot canyon in the area and swept away in raging waters. Police said York was carried 16 miles down the valley and Walters about eight miles.

Kane County Sheriff’s Office A group of hikers found Yorke’s body about 11:30 a.m. Sunday near the Paria River and Buckskin Gulch, about half a mile into Arizona, the statement said.

A joint recovery mission with Arizona law enforcement recovered the body and transferred it to Arizona police. Coconino County Coroner’s Office. Since the identity of the body was unknown at the time, the vehicle was searched at various trailheads in the area.

On Monday morning, the Kane County Sheriff received a call from: Ohio Westchester Police Department Report two men missing and in arrears in the area. The missing man’s family said they were last contacted Saturday afternoon and that the men were planning to hike Wire Pass and Buckskin Gulch. Photos shared by the family identified the first body as Gary York.

The Kane County Search and Rescue team launched a search for Walters. A search and rescue team set out from the Middle Route trailhead and searched downstream toward the Paria River, where they found Walter’s body around 5 p.m. Monday.

March, Three hikers from Florida caught in flash flood It’s in the same slot canyon. Two of the climbers died in the flooding and a third was taken to a local hospital.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office said it witnessed the “relentless force and danger” of flash floods at Slot Canyon.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office said: “Our condolences go out to the families of York and Walter.” “The Kane County Sheriff’s Office is forever grateful to the many volunteers who have put so much time into their difficult rescue efforts over the last few months.”

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