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Body found in Payson Canyon may be of missing hiker

A body recovered from Payson Canyon is believed to be that of a Payson man who has been missing since Sept. 30.

Detective from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body near the Grotto at Payson Canyon on Sunday night, the sheriff’s office reported on its social media. The office’s search and rescue team brought the body down from the mountain using a technical rigging system.

Sheriff’s deputies say they believe the body is that of Craig Edwin Nielsen, 48, of Payson. Nielsen was last seen on Sept. 30, and his pickup truck was found near the Grotto trailhead on Oct. 1. Deputies have yet to make a positive identification.

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