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Teen’s body found near Moab trail

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MOAB — Searchers have found the body of a 13-year-old Illinois youth who became separated from companions while bicycling along the Porcupine Rim Trail east of Moab, the Grand County sheriff's office said.

The body of Jeff Firak of Woodstock was found Saturday.

The boy was with four or five other bikers when he became separated about 2 p.m. on Aug. 1, the sheriff's office said.

The Chicago Tribune said it was the first time the youth had been on one of the rides that his father, Thomas, organizes each year for a college cycling club.

Chief Deputy Doug Squire told the newspaper that the boy, who had only a single water bottle and a bag of peanuts, died of exposure probably less than a day after he was separated from the group.

The youth took a wrong turn, then abandoned his bike and apparently tried to hike cross-country toward Moab.

He made his way 150 feet down into a canyon, crossed a small stream and climbed up the other side of the canyon. He sat under a juniper tree and that was where his body was found.