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Body found in Tonto National Forest belonged to missing hiker from Mesa

(Arizona Department of Public Safety File Photo)

TONTO BASIN, Ariz. (AP) – A body found Monday in the Tonto National Forest belonged to a hiker from Mesa who had been missing since Saturday, authorities said.

The body of 44-year-old Shiloh Dorsett was found at about 11:30 a.m. in the area of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness northeast of Roosevelt Lake, Gila County Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd said in a press release.

Dorsett and another hiker were trying to use Bull Canyon as a water slide Saturday when he was swept away by flood waters.

Dorsett’s friend hiked for miles to find a campground and alert the authorities.

A Tonto Rim Search and Rescue crew searched throughout the night for the missing man and didn’t find him Sunday either.

The search resumed Monday morning in the area northeast of Roosevelt Lake and sheriff’s officials say the body was found in the afternoon about a half-mile from the location where Dorsett started his canyon adventure.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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