Crews Organize One Last Search to Find Man Missing in Uintas

Jul 22, 2018, 9:50 PM | Updated: 10:52 pm

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – Search crews are organizing one last big push in an effort to find 66-year-old Ray Humpherys who’s been missing since Wednesday night in the Uintas. His family isn’t giving up hope that he’s alive and they hope volunteers aren’t either.

Photo, after photo, after photo show the two things Humpherys loves most; the mountains and his family.

“He is very, extremely outdoorsy. He loves the wilderness. He loves the Uintas,” said his daughter, Melanie Decker. “Every picture we’ve looked at, he looks the happiest when he’s camping.”

Decker and her sister, Michelle Burnett, smile as they talk about their dad. But for them, the past several days have been torture.

“It’s been heartbreaking,” said Burnett.

Humpherys was on a traditional family camp-out in the Uintas near Hidden Lake. On Wednesday night, he went to get water to put out the campfire, but he never returned.

“Everyone else was heading off to bed and they didn’t notice my dad didn’t come back,” said Decker.

They discovered Ray was missing Thursday morning. Burnett’s husband texted her the bad news as soon as he could get word out.

“He said, ‘I just called 911. Your dad is missing. Pray hard,’” said Burnett.

Search crews and volunteers immediately jumped into action. More than a hundred people scoured the area over the weekend, despite the rugged terrain.

“They didn’t even know our dad. They didn’t even know us,” said Burnett. “There are just a lot of amazing people in the world.”

But still, there’s been no trace of Humpherys. Despite the lack of clues, his daughters are grateful for all the volunteers.


KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Sharon McMahon has one million ‘Sharon Says So’ Instagram followers. (Sharon McMahon)...
Candice Madsen, KSL TV

Woman behind ‘Sharon Says So’ podcast explains how we stop screaming at each other

Sharon McMahon is known as America's government teacher. Every day, she takes to Instagram, clearing up misinformation with straight forward facts. KSL Newsradio's Boyd Matheson got some great advice from her about civility for our series, "A More Perfect Union."
4 hours ago
Candice Madsen, KSL TV

Why Utahns may need refresher course in civics education

Civic knowledge is alarmingly low in Utah and across the country. Only nine states require a full year of civics or government studies, and 10 states have no requirement at all.
1 day ago
FILE PHOTO (Deseret News)...
Madison Swenson & Debbie Worthen, KSL TV

Dog dies after being found unattended in hot car

Officials with Salt Lake County Animal Services are reminding Utahns to not leave their dogs unattended in a hot car after one died Tuesday.
1 day ago
File photo...
Matt Gephardt

Passenger says Priceline promised first-class tickets but only delivered coach

When you pay for a first-class ticket, you'd expect a first-class seat. So, what can you do when a third-party booking site sticks you into an economy class seat for the same price instead of the first-class ticket you bought?
1 day ago
8-year-old Macie Hill who tragically died at a Kaysville 4th of July parade. (Credit: The Hill Fami...
Dan Rascon & Andrew Adams, KSL TV

‘She was the sweetheart of the family’: Kaysville family remembers Macie Hill

An 8-year-old girl is remembered in Kaysville as the “light, sparkle, and sunshine” of her family after her tragic death on Monday.
1 day ago
Utah Highway Patrol cars watching the fireworks. (Credit: Utah Highway Patrol)...
Michael Houck

UHP: 5 fatal crashes, 2,500 drivers stopped for speeding July Fourth weekend

Utah Highway Patrol reports a 26% increase of cited drivers over the Fourth of July weekend compared to 2021. 
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Crews Organize One Last Search to Find Man Missing in Uintas