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Rescuers find missing man, 76, in Wasatch County

Published: Sun, Aug. 3 9:10 p.m. MDT

 Russell Carson, 76, was located by crews in a Life Flight helicopter in the Iron Mine area of Wasatch County on Sunday night. Carson had been missing since Friday.

Russell Carson, 76, was located by crews in a Life Flight helicopter in the Iron Mine area of Wasatch County on Sunday night. Carson had been missing since Friday.

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HEBER CITY — Crews in a Life Flight helicopter Sunday located a man who had been missing since Friday.

Russell Carson, 76, was found 1 mile away from his vehicle in the Iron Mine area of Wasatch County. Carson's friends last saw him Friday and located his vehicle Sunday.

Rescue crews from the U.S. Forest Service and Wasatch and Summit counties, and helicopters from the Department of Public Safety and Life Flight began searching for the man around noon.

Carson did not have any medical problems, but rescuers were concerned about the length of time he was missing and possible inclement weather.

Carson had fallen and was injured while hiking Friday, which prevented him from hiking out, according to Wasatch County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Winterton.

By the time Carson was discovered Sunday, he was disoriented and suffered from exposure to the elements. He was taken by medical helicopter to Intermountain Medical Center with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.

Winterton said Carson might not have lived through another night on the mountain because of the chilly temperatures that set in overnight.

— Whitney Evans

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