Missing hiker found dead in Utah identified as UMSL professor

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Posted on August 4, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 5 at 6:47 PM

CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Utah—A 73-year-old hiker from Missouri found dead in Canyonlands National Park in Utah has been identified as a professor emeritus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Wayne County sheriff’s deputies say Grant Welland had been hiking alone and his body was found in Horseshoe Canyon on Saturday.

Welland was supposed to have been out of the canyon by July 28 and was reported missing Friday.

Investigators say they’re unsure how long the man had been dead, and that his cause of death will be determined by the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office.

A spokesperson confirmed Welland was an emeritus professor for UMSL’s Math and Computer Science Department.

Deputies say Welland was doing different hikes and had sufficient drinking water and good hiking shoes. His vehicle was found at the canyon’s trailhead.

Horseshoe Canyon is famous for its American Indian rock art.

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