Missing Idaho Hiker Found Dead After 1,000-Foot Fall

Sep 20, 2020, 8:06 PM | Updated: 11:53 pm

DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah — A four-day search for missing Idaho hiker, Kyle Wimpenny, has come to an end as search and rescue crews have located his body. Investigators said it appears he fell approximately 1,000 feet while attempting to summit Kings Peak.

Wimpenny’s body was found just before 2:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

With help from the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau, his body was airlifted from Kings Peak Henry’s Fork drainage to Kamas, Utah where his body was turned over to the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner.

“It does appear as he was trying to summit King’s Peak,” said Lt. Andrew Wright with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. “He was on a very narrow pathway on the trail that he was following. It was a ridge, and unfortunately, he fell. They’re guessing about a thousand feet down.”

Officials said Wimpenny, 25, left his home in Boise, Idaho on Sept. 13 to hike Kings Peak, and was expected to return home on Sept. 16. When he didn’t show up, his roommate reported him missing.

Search and rescue crews started looking for him on Thursday, and found his vehicle at the Henry’s Fork Trailhead. Crews from 10 different agencies searched on foot, by horseback, and in the air for four days.

King’s Peak is the highest peak in Utah. It’s incredibly steep and has very rocky terrain, but Kyle’s family said he was a very experienced hiker and would have been prepared.

Officials were told his goal was to hit the highest peaks in other states as well, and this was his eighth attempt.

A couple other hikers said they hiked with Kyle for a mile or two as he headed to the peak, and said he was in good spirits. He apparently wanted to summit Sunday night, but the other hikers thought it was too late.

They said they expected to run into him the next day as he came back down, but never saw him.

“Our hearts are broken for the Wimpenny family and friends. We offer our most sincere condolences as they mourn the tragic loss of Kyle,” read a press release from the Sheriff’s office.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

FILE: Kathy Dalton takes time to teach her kids about nature while they explore the outdoors. (Sour...
Ashley Moser

Nature can help your little ones learn how to count

Preschool directors for the Stokes Nature Center say one of the best and easiest ways to teach your little ones how to count is by going on a walk.
10 hours ago
Ladd Egan

‘The Dignity Index’ launches pilot program in Utah to score messaging from candidates

A new project in Utah is trying to encourage political candidates to use more dignity and get rid of contempt by scoring the words and messaging they use.
10 hours ago
(KSL TV)...
Andrew Adams

Trial run of license plate-reading cameras in Tooele met with mixed reactions

Sophisticated license plate-reading cameras made their debut in Tooele, but they're already drawing concerns, and police are clarifying exactly how they work.
10 hours ago
(KSL TV)...
Matt Gephardt and Cindy St. Clair, KSL TV

Get Gephardt: Accidental bill pay leaves woman fighting two years for a $1,387 refund

A Brigham City woman says she can't get a refund for money she accidentally sent to CenturyLink, so she decided it was time to Get Gephardt.
10 hours ago
These ballots that have been processed must be kept for two years. (KSL TV)...
Daniella Rivera and Cindy St. Clair, KSL TV

KSL Investigation finds few cases of election crimes prosecuted in Utah 

Nearly one in five Utahns polled believe midterm elections won’t be fair and accurate. As election officials seek to restore voter confidence, KSL Investigator Daniella Rivera went looking for the facts of election crimes in Utah.  
1 day ago
FILE - A rock formation in Arches National Park in the Devil's Garden area (Larry D. Curtis, KSL TV...
Larry D. Curtis

Person recovered at Arches National Park identified as Virginia woman

A dead woman recovered from Arches National Park on Sunday, Oct. 1 has been identified as Yaroslavna Ksenjek, from Arlington, Virgina.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Missing Idaho Hiker Found Dead After 1,000-Foot Fall