A 50-year-old man from China was found dead in Arches National Park on Saturday, June 25, after he was reported missing earlier in the day. Ming Liu of Shandong Province, China, had been hiking to Delicate Arch prior to being reported missing, according to a news release from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. Personnel at Arches National Park, assisted by Grand County Search and Rescue and Classic Lifeguard Helicopter, searched the area for approximately three hours before Liu’s body was spotted by searchers in the helicopter at approximately 7:15 p.m., according to the news release.
Liu was found in an area approximately 800 meters west of the trail to Delicate Arch, officials said.
The cause of death is unknown at this time and the body was transported to the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office in Salt Lake City.
Liu is the second hiker this month to have died while hiking to Delicate Arch. On June 18, Kaize Peng, 69, of San Francisco, California, was reported missing while hiking to the iconic arch.
His body was discovered that evening approximately 500 feet off the Delicate Arch trail.