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    A Belgian man died Monday, June 23, while mountain biking in the Moab area.

    Kirk De Muynck, 46, of Waarschoot, Belgium, was reported missing by a family member at about 6 p.m. on June 23 after Muynck failed to contact the family member following a planned mountain bike ride on the Amasa Back Trail, according to a news release from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.

    “He had contacted that party at approximately 9 a.m. and stated he was on the Amasa Back Bike Trail and expected to be done with the ride in a relatively short time,” Grand County Sheriff’s Lt. Kim Neal said.

    Grand County Sheriff’s deputies and search and rescue workers began looking for Muynck, in the Amasa Back area west of Moab, and along other connecting mountain bike trail systems nearby, Neal Said. Muynck’s body was discovered on the Jackson Trail, approximately 1.25 miles from the Kane Creek Trail parking area, at about 12:30 a.m., on Tuesday, June 24, according to the news release. Officials at the scene were unable to immediately determine what caused Muynck’s death, according to the news release.

    “He was deceased when located,” Neal said.

    According to investigators, Muynck had apparently started to backtrack on the Jackson Trail and “was carrying his mountain bike at the time that he went down.”

    He was carrying a backback that contained water and food supplies, according to the news release.

    Search and rescue workers and sheriff’s deputies carried Muynck’s body on a litter to the trailhead and then ferried the body, along with equipment and search personnel, across Kane Creek in inflatable kayaks, the news release stated.

    Muynck’s body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Salt Lake City for an examination and to determine the cause of death.

    ByBy Lisa J. Church

    Staff Writer

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