San Juan County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Rick Eldredge Monticello, Utah 84535
DATE OF INCIDENT – 06/27/2015 TIME- 3 pm
LOCATION- Davis Canyon area near Canyonlands National Park in San Juan County, Utah
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Missing person/lost hiker found deceased in San Juan County, Utah.
Kenneth Johnson, age 69 of Kanab, Utah was found deceased in the Davis Canyon area near Canyonlands National Park in San Juan County, Utah. Kenneth had been missing since Sunday June 21st where he was last seen in the Monticello area.
Sheriff’s Deputies and NPS Rangers responded to a report of a vehicle, matching the description of Mr. Johnson’s, in the Davis Canyon area east of Canyonlands National Park. Upon arrival, the vehicle appeared to have become stuck in the sand and unmovable. Digging marks around the tires of the vehicle were visible. Mr. Johnson’s body was found only 50 feet from the vehicle under the shade of a cedar tree. Mr. Johnson had a shovel still clutched in his hand. Mr. Johnson did have a history of heart disease and it is presumed that he may have experienced heart problems while digging out his stuck vehicle.
Mr. Johnson’s body will be transported to the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office in Salt Lake City for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
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