UPDATED: Rangers searching for overdue hiker in Zion find body below Angels Landing

A chain wraps along the trail to the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah, date not specified | Photo by picturist/iStock/Getty Images Plus, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Crews searching for a man who went missing in Zion National Park found his body near one of the park’s most popular hiking routes Thursday morning.

Park rangers found the body just before noon below Angels Landing, according to a news release issued by the National Park Service. The body has been identified as 35-year-old Pradeep Beryl Solomon, who went missing while hiking Tuesday.

Solomon had told friends he was planning to hike Angels Landing earlier this week. When he failed to return to his home in Salt Lake City Wednesday, his roommate called the park to report him as overdue. Rangers started looking for Solomon that afternoon and found his vehicle in the visitor center parking lot.

 A “methodical ground search” involving the park’s search and rescue crews was launched Thursday morning focusing around the base of Angels Landing. Solomon’s body was found below the north side of the hiking route.

The injuries sustained were consistent with a high elevation fall, most likely from the Angels Landing Trail, according to a preliminary investigation by Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the Solomon family and friends,” Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh said in the park’s news release. “We are all deeply saddened by this outcome.”

Update 9:10 p.m. The body was identified Thursday night.

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