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The body of a hiker who was missing in Zion National Park has been found, the National Park Service announced.
Jetal Agnihotri, a 29-year-old from Tuscon, Arizona, went missing on August 19 after the park received reports of hikers being swept off their feet by a flash flood in the Narrows, a popular hike where visitors traverse through the waters of the Virgin River.
More than 170 responders helped search for her before rescuers spotted her body in the Virgin River, six miles from the Narrows, on August 22, the National Park Service said in a statement. She was pronounced dead by a medical examiner, the NPS said.
"The response involved work by swift water trained rescuers, search dogs, and a total of more than 1500 person-hours searching in and near the Virgin River," the NPS said.
While the search was ongoing, Agnihotri's brother, Pujan Agnihotri, told KSL-TV that his sister couldn't swim.
Agnihotri was a graduate student in the Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences Department at the University of Arizona, according to the university's website.
"Our deepest sympathy goes out to the friends and family of Jetal Agnihotri," Jeff Bradybaugh, Zion National Park superintendent, said in a statement.
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29 years old
Classification: DAY/NIGHT HIKER
Level of Education: GRADUATE STUDENT
Foul Play Suspected: Unknown / Undisclosed
Suspected Suicide: Unknown / Undisclosed
Cause of Death: Undetermined / Unreleased
Reported missing on August 19, 2022 - 474 days, 9 hours, 15 minutes ago
Found on August 22, 2022 - 471 days, 9 hours, 15 minutes ago
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This case file has been assigned the Missing Persons ID 7466
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