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Missing hiker's body recovered in Provo Canyon, family confirms

PROVO — The body of a hiker missing since September has been found, his family confirmed Wednesday.

On Tuesday night, Jake Routt's family members posted on Facebook and Utah County Sheriff Sgt. Spencer Cannon tweeted that search and rescue crews had recovered a body believed to be his, but they were awaiting positive identification.

"It has been confirmed that they found Jake," the page administrators posted Wednesday morning.

Friends and family members filled the comment section, sharing memories of Routt and support for his family.

Routt's sister-in-law Amy Routt posted a video on the page, thanking the commenters and those who helped with search.

"I will forever be in their debt," Jake's mother Sharon Routt said of the searchers who recovered her son's body. "What a tender mercy to be able to bring a hard chapter in our lives to a close."

Routt, 36, was last heard from Sep. 16 when he told a friend he was going on a hike.

Early in their search, a cellphone ping led police to the Aspen Grove Trail in Provo Canyon where they found Routt's car. Some of his belongings were later found on the mountain during search and rescue efforts.