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KOLOB WATER FLOW MAY BE REDUCED TO AID IN SEARCH FOR DROWNED HIKER

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Searchers were not able to locate the body of a drowned hiker Saturday but planned to lower the water flow from Kolob Reservoir to make the search easier.

David Fleischer, 27, of Salt Lake City, drowned in a whirlpool July 15, while leading a group of Explorer Scouts on a treacherous hike and climb in Zion National Park. The body of the other Scout leader who died, Kim Ellis, was recovered Tuesday.The search continued Saturday with a helicopter and ground searchers, and park officials believed they had narrowed the area where the body likely would be found. The search focused on a stretch of several hundred yards of Kolob Creek.

Park Service spokesman Denny Davies said that the Washington County Water Conservancy District was asked Friday to shut off the water flow from Kolob Reservoir.

Don Falvey, superintendent of Zion National Park, said that if the body is not found by Monday, more searchers will be added and the search will become more intense.