- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 4, 2013

The brother of Sen. Mark Udall, who had gone on a hike through Wyoming mountains a week ago, was found dead Wednesday.

James 'Randy' Udall, 61, went on a solo backpacking trip on June 20 just outside Pinedale. Search-and-rescue teams started flying helicopter missions and passing out fliers with Mr. Udall’s picture a few days ago.

His body was found in the Wind River Range, and family members were told late Wednesday evening, The Associated Press reported.

An autopsy is forthcoming, but it appears natural causes led to his death, the Daily Mail said.

Randy left this earth doing what he loved most — hiking in his most favorite mountain range in the world,” the family said in a statement.

He was an experienced hiker who often took solo trips, his family said.