Search and rescue teams plan to resume their search for a doctor who has not been seen since he went hiking on Oct. 14.
But until more snow melts in the upper areas of Big Cottonwood Canyon, sheriff's officials are asking hikers in the Broads Fork or Mill B South areas to be on the lookout for his belongings or other signs of the man.Jake Gradwohl, 28, a resident physician at the University of Utah Medical Center, apparently went for a day hike on Oct. 14 and has not been seen since. Salt Lake County sheriff's search and rescue volunteers, technical climbers, Civil Air Patrol planes and search dogs spent a week scouring the mountains but found no sign of him. Weather also hampered the search.
His vehicle was located at the Broads Fork trail head. Although deputies originally believed he was just a trail hiker, Capt. Mike Wilkinson said Gradwohl had a photo album that indicated he liked to hike to the tops of the mountains and take pictures.
"We are requesting assistance from any hiker who might be walking at the higher elevations and discovers any item," said Salt Lake County Sheriff Aaron Kennard. "We would caution anyone locating any item to mark the spot and disturb the area as little as possible."
Search and rescue teams expect to resume their search as soon as weather conditions permit, probably in a few weeks, Kennard said.
Gradwohl was wearing a gray, white and maroon baseball cap with the words "SNAPJAMP S/J International Inc." He may also have a royal blue back pack, a Canon 35mm camera, a wrist watch and glasses. The keys to his Chrysler sedan and a doctor's black bag may also be at the scene.
Anyone who discovers anything should contact Cpl. Thad Moore at 535-5441 or 535-5558.