LOCAL NEWS

2 hikers found dead in Kane County slot canyon identified

Mar 15, 2023, 4:41 PM | Updated: Mar 16, 2023, 5:31 pm

UPDATE: The two hikers found dead in Buckskin Gulch, a slot canyon above the Utah/Arizona state line, were identified Thursday.

According to Lt. Alan Alldredge with Kane County Sheriff’s Office the two deceased hikers were identified as Bill Romaniello and Jeff Watson of Florida.

The hiker with that group that survived and remains in the hospital, was identified as Ed Smith.

The original story proceeds below.


ARIZONA — A body was found in Arizona Wednesday following a search over several days for overdue hikers. The search began when flash floods hit a slot canyon above the Utah/Arizona state line called Buckskin Gulch, endangering three hiking groups Monday.

One man was found alive, one was found dead and one remained missing, presumably until Wednesday’s discovery.

According to Lt. Alan Alldredge with Kane County Sheriff’s Office, the body was discovered in the last hour on the Arizona side of the border and teams are working to retrieve it.

Alldredge said that they were all holding out hope that he would be found alive.

“The individual was in good health. He’s got some background in survivalist type training, military type training knows what he is doing,” Alldrege said. He’s familiar with this canyon.”

Alldredge said they can’t confirm it is the missing hiker until an autopsy is performed.

One dead, one missing, 11 rescued in Buckskin Gulch

Three different groups were found in Buckskin Gulch following some calls for help when heavy rain and runoff water created a dangerous situation. Eleven people were safely hoisted out of the canyon, and one of those was transported to the hospital.

Helicopter footage of the rescues from Utah Department of Public Safety shows the desperate situation many of the hikers were in. One man was seeing lying by a body of water unable to even get up, only waving his hands slightly.

Buckskin Gulch is the longest slot canyon in the USA, draining part of the Vermilion Cliffs around the Utah/Arizona state line, and meeting the Paria River.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

A Davis County teen is home safe, and a man in jail after police believe the man traveled from Cali...

Lauren Steinbrecher

Teen’s secret signal for help leads to hotel rescue and alleged predator arrest in Davis County

A Davis County teen is home safe, and a man in jail after police believe the man traveled from California upon meeting the boy online, causing the 14-year-old to send a secret signal for help to his family.

7 hours ago

This weekend's Academy Awards show has boosted demand for many of its nominated films. (KSL TV)...

Matt Gephardt and Sloan Schrage

The added cybersecurity risks of watching free streams of Oscar-nominated movies

This weekend's Academy Awards show has boosted demand for many of its nominated films. The continually increasing prices of streaming services – Apple, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Netflix and others raised their costs last October – is pushing many folks to look for ways to watch these films for free. But cybersecurity experts warn searching for free streams can get way more costly.

8 hours ago

Dusk on the last day of the 2024 legislative session at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City on Frida...

Daniel Woodruff

‘This is a disgrace’: Bitter fight over district attorney’s job performance marks end of Utah legislative session

The Utah legislative session ended on a fiery note as lawmakers approved a bill that critics say unfairly targets an elected official.

8 hours ago

Members of the Stansbury Park community came together Saturday night to help a pair of stranded far...

Shelby Lofton

Stansbury Park store employees, locals rally together to help stranded farmers

The Tooele County community came to the rescue of a couple of strangers Saturday night.

11 hours ago

Utah State GOP Chair Robert Axson expects turnout to be north of 100,000 people statewide for Super...

Lindsay Aerts

Utah Republicans ‘confident’ for caucus night Super Tuesday

Utahns are heading out Tuesday to cast their votes for who they want for President during Super Tuesday. 

11 hours ago

Eagle Mountain homes still cleaning up tumbleweeds, days after the windstorm covered homes....

Garna Mejia

Eagle Mountain residents are still digging themselves out of tumbleweeds

Eagle Mountain residents are still cleaning up thousands of tumbleweeds that blew on their doorsteps during the weekend storm.

11 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

2 hikers found dead in Kane County slot canyon identified