On July 24, 2011, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a hiker was found deceased in Buckskin Gulch near the confluence with Wire Pass. Hikers stumbled upon the man, later identified as Bo Tian, 36, of San Jose, California. Tian had a permit to hike The Wave, a popular day hike area south of the Utah border in the BLM-administered Paria Wilderness area. Tian was last seen at The Wave near dusk on the night of July 23.

It is believed that while hiking back out to the Wire Pass Trailhead he became lost. “He slid down a couple of smaller ledges and it appears that his momentum took him over a 100 foot cliff ledge,” said Deputy Brent Smith, who is the lead investigator on the case.

KCSO Deputies, BLM employees, a Utah Medical Examiner’s Office Investigator and the Kane County Search and Rescue all responded to the scene.

“Everything that we have leads us to believe that Tian was deceased upon impact,” stated Chief Deputy Tracy Glover. “We would like to thank the BLM employees and Search and Rescue volunteers that came together on the holiday weekend to help with the recovery of Mr. Tian,” added Glover.

Rescuers took turns packing Tian through some very grueling slot canyons for approximately two miles.

The Sheriff’s Office and the BLM Field Office would like to remind hikers that it is not safe to hike in areas that you are not familiar with after dark. It’s also advised to be sure to travel with a GPS, plenty of water and don’t go into backcountry areas alone.