Utah searchers believe they’ve found Douglas High track star
Utah authorities believe they have located the body of Douglas High School track-record holder Derrik Jenkins, who was last seen 4:30 p.m. Halloween.
Jenkins, 28, was last seen leaving Provo around 4:30 p.m. on Halloween with the goal of summiting three peaks before a 9 p.m. video chat with his daughters, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Spencer Cannon said the Pleasant Grove resident told his family he was going hiking.
When it was discovered he was missing, searchers located his vehicle parked by a U.S. Forest Service employee near a campground where he was planning on hiking Box Elder Creek.
On Saturday afternoon, a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter crew spotted a body they believe was Jenkins.
“While cause of death is not known with certainty, it was apparent the body had sustained significant injuries likely incurred as the result of a fall,” Cannon said in a statement.
Jenkins was a stand-out runner at Douglas High School, who graduated 2008.
He ran track and cross country, holding the school record for the 800 meter set in 2008 with a time of 1:57.60 and was also a member of the 4 x 800 meter relay team that set the school record in 2007.
After graduating from Douglas High School, Jenkins served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Honduras before attending and graduating from Brigham Young University.