EVANSTON — The body of an elderly Lyman man who’d been missing since May 21 was found on Thursday in Utah. According to the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office, 92-year-old James Pritchard’s body was found by a group traveling through the North Slope / Gilbert Creek area of Summit County, Utah.
Summit County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Andrew Wright told the Herald officials have confirmed the body found is Pritchard.
“Our investigators are saying there was nothing that appeared suspicious,” Wright said. “It appears [Pritchard’s] vehicle had become stuck, and the male was found in close proximity to the vehicle.”
Wright said the cause of death has not been determined, but he expects Summit County to receive autopsy results from the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office within a week or so.
Pritchard hadn’t been seen or heard from since Tuesday, May 21, and the Lyman Police Department and Uinta County Sheriff’s Office began searches and other efforts to locate him then. In a press release issued last week, officials said Pritchard suffers from dementia and enjoys going to the mountains to fish. They feared he was ill prepared for the cold mountain weather that’s common in this area during the spring.