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Searchers find body of missing Utah man

Ryan Soper fell from this tree on Kauai and vanished shortly afterwards Ryan Soper fell from this tree on Kauai and vanished shortly afterwards

WAILUA, Kauai (HawaiiNewsNow) – The family of a man missing since last Thursday says search crews have found his body. Michael Soper said that based upon clothing identification, Kauai police confirmed that a body found around noon Wednesday, was his son Ryan Michael Soper.

The body was found in area above Secret Falls along the Wailua River. The terrain that made it so difficult to search for Soper is also making it difficult for searchers to retrieve his body.

"There's trails up there but basically, it's terrain where it's tropical, there's a lot of places where we need to look nooks and crannies, it's tough terrain so I'm glad we have a lot of people to help us out" said Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry.

The 26-year-old visitor from Orem, Utah disappeared while on a guided tour along the river. As the tour group was returning, Soper apparently climbed a tree and fell out, landing on his mother-in-law and injuring her. Witnesses believe that Soper may have hit his head in the fall. He wandered off while bystanders were tending to his mother-in-law's broken ankle.

The Kauai Fire Department called off their active search on Sunday night, but Department of Land and Natural Resources officials and members of Soper's family continued to search the heavily wooded area near Secret Falls Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, two trained search dogs from the Honolulu Police Department were flown in to aid in the search.

Soper's wife and family have been searching themselves for the last week. They are asking for privacy at this time.

Family believes missing Utah man is unconscious and needs help

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