A 17-year-old Boy Scout on a four-day backpacking trip to Zion National Park with fellow scouts somehow became separated from his group on the second day and was later found dead, according to park officials.
Searchers found the body of Corey Buxton, of Las Vegas, Nevada, near the Hop Valley Trail in the Kolob Terrace area of the park Thursday afternoon, the park said in a release.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound scout had been reported missing the day before, and park officials launched a ground and aerial search of the area. On Thursday the search was intensified with the use of a dog team from Zion Canine Search and Rescue, and two search dogs led rangers to the boy's body, which was about 400 feet from the trail, the release said.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation in cooperation with the National Park Service. This is standard procedure in the case of fatalities in Zion National Park. The cause of death will be determined by the Washington County Medical Examiner.