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Family believes missing Utah man is unconscious and needs help

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By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

WAILUA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - After four days of searching there's still no sign of 26-year-old Ryan Soper from Orem, Utah. He disappeared on a trip to Secret Falls on Kauai. 

Secret Falls is a popular place to visit.  People kayak about two miles then hike in another mile to the falls.  On Thursday six people in Soper's family, along with a guide and two other tourists made the trek. They were returning when the group stopped to swing on a vine.  Soper climbed the tree. On the way down he fell and landed on his mother-in-law. She had a broken ankle.  While they tended to her, Ryan started to walk away to clear his head.

"He had gone down the trail about 20 feet. My brother went and spoke with him and told him it was okay and it was just an accident. He said he just wanted to be alone for a little bit," said Amie Soper, Ryan's wife who was on the hike with him.

That was the last time anyone saw him.  Amie believes he got a concussion and is unconscious.

"The guide and I spent about five hours in the canyon looking for him calling his name running on and off trail and we couldn't find him anywhere," said Soper.

They called authorities and crews searched the area with dogs, but the family says they were not tracking dogs. The family is getting to the point where they feel not enough is being done.

"They never brought in tracking dogs to pick up on his scent in particular and discriminate from the other scents in the canyon and where they didn't even send those dogs into the area yesterday when there were no hikers in the canyon at all, that's what's disappointing me," said Soper.

The family was scheduled to leave tonight but his wife will stay behind to continue searching.

"I know he is still in there. I know there is no other area he is. They had us verify that the eticket had not been used. He had no wallet or id on him so there is no way he would have been able to go stay anywhere else."

The Kauai Fire Department says its baffled they couldn't find him and at this point the search has gone from active to passive. They will only resume the search if new information comes in.

Soper was wearing a black, long-sleeved Under Armor shirt and black and white board shorts.

DOCARE officers plan to again search the trail areas on Tuesday.

Anyone with information that may help in the search is asked to contact DOCARE Kauai's branch office at 274-3521 or 346-3363, or the Kauai County Police Department at 241-1711.

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