Woman swept away at Utah County waterfall found dead after extensive search

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ALPINE — A 19-year-old woman's body was recovered Saturday after her phone was found by hikers, prompting a search near Horsetail Falls near Alpine.

About 3 p.m., Utah County search and rescue crews began searching for the missing woman after hikers reported finding personal belongings including a dog and a phone "showing a young woman walking in the river," said Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

Crews on the scene tell KSL they believe the high-rushing waters swept away the woman. Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Garrett Dutson said the waters at Horsetail Falls are abnormally high and moving fast.

The woman was found in the water, and the incident is being considered a "tragic accident," according to the sheriff's office.

"I would say it's gone from a creek to a river, and the temperatures in the water right now, they're saying, are in the 30s and 40s," Dutson said.

Contributing: Ashley Fredde, KSL.com

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