CEDAR CITY – Bad weather Tuesday evening scaled back search efforts in Iron County for a father who was reported missing earlier in the day.
Crews from several agencies combed the Kane Springs area most of the day looking for 34-year-old Daniel Michael Brown. Search efforts were downsized, however, around 6 p.m. when the weather turned to near blizzard conditions, authorities said.
For now, efforts have been scaled back to two Iron County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team members and one deputy, said Iron County Sheriff Lt. Del Schlosser.
Winter weather advisories are in effect for Iron County from Tuesday night through Wednesday at 4 p.m.
“The search has been scaled back due to weather conditions and for the safety of the searchers,” he said. “The search tonight will end within the next few hours.”
Search and rescue efforts will resume in the morning.
The Iron County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue teams brought in several agencies to locate the father of four who had been reported missing since Monday evening.
Brown and his family had been living out of their vehicle and were looking for a campsite in the Kane Springs area northwest of Parowan and southeast of Minersville when their van got stuck.
“He (Brown) recently lost his job and they have been homeless for about a week,” Schlosser said.
Brown left to find help around 4 p.m. His wife and four children, ranging in age from 7 months to 11 years old, remained in the vehicle where they spent the night.
When Brown’s wife woke and realized her husband had not returned she used his cell phone to call for help. The 911 call came in at approximately 10:30 a.m.
Schlosser said she didn’t know her husband had left the phone behind until that morning when she looked in the console.
Authorities said they were able to locate the family by getting their GPS location from the 911 call. The family is reported to be in stable condition.
At approximately 11 a.m. deputies hiked in and found the wife and children safe in the car.
“The vehicle wasn’t running and the family was cold but they were all okay,” Schlosser said.
Brown is described as a white Caucasian, weighing 250 pounds with green eyes, brown hair and 6 feet 3 inches tall. When he left the vehicle, authorities said he was wearing a blue t-shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes.
“Daniel does have survival skills,” Schlosser added.
Iron County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue were joined by Volunteers in Police Services, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service staff, and Iron County Sheriff deputies.
Three Search and Rescue dog teams also assisted the crews.
Upper Limit Aviation attempted to use a helicopter to locate Brown but weather conditions prevented them from being able to fly very long, authorities said.
Anyone with information on Brown is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 435-867-7500.