Body of lost hiker found in Canyonlands Park
The body of a 69-year-old man from Kanab, UT was recovered near Canyonlands National Park on June 27.
Kenneth Johnson was found in Davis Canyon near the eastern border of the Needles District of the park. He was found near his vehicle, which apparently had been stuck in the sand.
San Juan County Sheriff Deputies state that Johnson was found with a shovel in his hands.
It appeared that Johnson could have suffered a heart attack while trying to dig out his vehicle. An autopsy will help determine the exact cause of death.
Johnson was known as a rock art enthusiast and may have been headed to rock art sites.
Johnson had been reported missing after he failed to arrive in Moab on June 21. He was last seen on the morning of June 21 at a restaurant in Monticello.
Friends and family were instrumental in initiating a search for the missing man.
Johnson was a retired Marine Corp colonel and a Vietnam and Persian Gulf War vet.
Crews headed out in many directions in search of the missing man. His stuck vehicle was located at the mouth of Davis Canyon at about 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. The body was found nearby.