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Search and rescue crews found the body of a 17-year-old boy Saturday night who had gone missing near Lisa Falls in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
The teen, identified as James Wade, of Draper, had hiked to the falls with his family Saturday, and once they made it, told them he was going to hike a little farther, said Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell.
"He hiked up higher and then never came back," Bell said.
After about 45 minutes, Wade's family was worried and called for help about 1:30 p.m., UPD Detective Ken Hansen said. The teen did not have a cell phone, food or water with him, Bell said.
Five search and rescue crews responded to the call, Hansen said.
Wade's body was found at the bottom of a 400-foot cliff, Hansen said. A drone pilot assisted the crews and located the body, Hansen said, and a Department of Public Safety airlifted it out of the rocky area.
"He probably just slipped and fell," Hansen said. "He maybe just got too close [to the edge]."
Family members described Wade as an "outstanding student," Hansen said.
Hansen said this was "at least" the fourth or fifth search and rescue mission UPD has conducted near Lisa Falls this summer, which he described as an area with big rocks and significant cliffs.
He said the volunteers on the search and rescue teams are being pushed to the limit.