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A Bureau of Land Management employee died after a 150-foot fall while deer hunting in Kane County on Monday evening.

Ryan Shakespear, 42, of Cedar City, was last heard from via radio about 6:30 p.m. Monday, according to a news release from Kane County Sheriff's Office. He had been hunting near Wahweap Wash off of Cottonwood Canyon Road — an area with which he was familiar.

His family, worried about heavy rains passing through, searched the area; they called police about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday to report Shakespear overdue.

Crews, aided by a helicopter, attempted to locate Shakespeare later in the morning. During the search, family members came across Shakespear's body at the bottom of a cliff.

"It appears he had lost his footing," the release states, and fallen about 150 feet.

Shakespear's body was transported to the state medical examiner's office for further investigation. Twitter: @CourtneyLTanner