- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - Search and rescue teams have found the body of a missing paddleboarder inside Rockport State Park.

Summit County Sheriff J. Martinez announced Saturday afternoon on his office’s Twitter account that 21-year-old Joshua Merkley was found dead.

Crews from both Summit and Wasatch counties had been searching for the Layton man.

Summit County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Bridge says Merkley got separated from his paddleboard Friday around 3:30 p.m. while on Rockport Reservoir.

The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation says a witness saw Merkley fall and that he was not wearing a life jacket.

Initially, only his paddleboard was recovered.

Authorities say a strong wind front had been in the area.


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