Retired MU professor found dead in national park

Aug 6, 2013

Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park
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Authorities have identified a hiker found dead at Canyonlands National Park as 73-year-old Grant V. Welland of St. Louis. The University of Missouri's website says Welland was a retired professor. Welland's body was recovered Saturday in Horseshoe Canyon, famous for its ancient rock art. The remote canyon is part of a disconnected unit of the national park. At first, searchers found his vehicle at a trailhead. A helicopter spotted his body.

Sheriff's deputies in Wayne County, Utah say Welland was carrying enough water and had good hiking shoes. The Utah medical examiner will determine a cause of death. Welland was hiking alone. He was reported missing Friday, five days after he failed to leave the canyon.