Authorities asking for help to locate missing man

On Tuesday, September 6th, the Kane County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team assisted Garfield County in the search for William “Bill” Thorpe, who has been missing in the Bryce Canyon area since Thursday September 1st.

William “Bill” Thorpe was last seen disembarking the park shuttle at Bryce Point. Photo courtesy of Garfield County Sheriff ’s Office.

The Kane County searchers spend all day on Tuesday searching in ATVs and on foot in the Sheep Creek and Yellow Creek areas south of Bryce Canyon.


Authorities are asking for your help to locate him. If you visited Bryce Canyon National Park at any time from Thursday, September 1 through today, you may have important information to share.


Thorpe was last seen disembarking the park shuttle at Bryce Point on Thursday, September 1st, at approximately 3 p.m. He is approximately 80 years old and was last seen wearing a turquoise shirt, khaki or light-colored pants, a dark belt, and a tan colored hat.





Multiple agencies spent the whole day searching for William Thorpe. Photo courtesy of Garfield County Sheriff ’s Office.

Sheriff Perkins along with the Garfield County Search and Rescue along with multiple agencies spent the whole day searching for William Thorpe. There is still an active search at this time.


A big thank you to all those who have participated and continue to participate on this search. His current whereabouts are unknown. Search efforts are ongoing.


If you believe you saw him or have any other information that might help, please contact the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office at (435) 676- 1134 or NPS Glen Canyon Dispatch at (928) 608-6301.




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