Facebook Twitter



A 42-year-old Orem man reported missing near Soldier Summit in Wasatch County was found dead Monday afternoon by a couple hunting elk.

Wasatch County Sheriff Mike Spanos said Danny Vern Syddall was reported missing about 10 days ago by his brother after failing to return to his Orem home when the two brothers had an argument in an area mountainland."The two were in the White River area doing some fishing and looking for elk and deer when an argument ensued and the victim got out of the truck and the other brother took off," Spanos said.

The sheriff said a search began the morning of Oct. 2, with horseback patrols, dog teams and air support. The search was called off on Oct. 4 when 8 inches of snow fell in the mountains.

Syddall's body was found in Buffalo Canyon on Monday, south of Strawberry Reservoir, by a man and wife hunting elk on horseback, Spanos said.

"The body was lying at the bottom of the Willow Creek drainage about 31/2 miles north of where he left his brother's vehicle," Spanos said. "He died of accidental exposure, hypothermia."

The couple finding the body used a cellular telephone to notify authorities.

Wasatch County authorities are also continuing their search for three Spanish Fork fishermen feared drowned in Strawberry Reservoir, Spanos said.

The victims are identified as Austin Lloyd, 19; Daniel Maycock, 19; and Phillip Shepherd, 26. The craft they were fishing in capsized when a storm broke over the reservoir at the end of last month.

"The search is really based on the weather, but we're still getting air support," he said. "The water mass at Strawberry is over 17,000 acres, so we're just waiting for a break."

Meanwhile sonar has detected what Spanos called "a good image" of a drowning victim at Jordanelle Reservoir.

Leo Earnest Busby, 66, Roy, lost his grip on a floating life preserver 11/2 weeks ago after a wave hit the boat he and his son were in.

Jeffrey Lee Busby, 31, also of Roy, was rescued from the stormy waters, but his father submerged 175 feet and has since not been located.

"The sonar image is good, and we're now waiting for a commercial camera and diving team from California to finish a contract and get out here to verify and recover the body," Spanos said.