SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — The family of Carl Crumrine finally received some closure this week when the missing hunter’s remains were found in a dense Utah forest. On the morning of October 5, another hunter summonsed the help of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office after stumbling upon human bones, along with clothing, a survival pack and a hunting rifle in the Lyman Lake area where Crumrine had gone missing just 9 days shy of one year ago.
The discovery was reportedly made within approximately one mile from where Crumrine and his hunting party had been camping in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. The missing hunter’s son, Paul Crumrine stated, “Honestly, it’s so beautiful and peaceful there, and I’m so happy that he went doing what he loved to do the most.”
The family did not receive identity confirmation until the afternoon of October 8, but Paul told The Record Delta Friday morning he was “relieved” to finally be able to lay his father to rest. “I’m just glad for closure. It’s more of a happy situation now than a sad one,” Paul said.
Members of the Summit County Search and Rescue Team reportedly spent the next two days investigating the scene and recovering the items and remains. Paul said he was particularly grateful for the effort and care shown throughout the search and recovery by Lieutenant Siddoway and Sergeant Forman. Two deputies even reportedly stayed on the scene overnight to watch over his father. Paul stated, “We are very thankful for everyone out in Utah.”
Though Crumrine’s cause of death was undetermined due to the length of time he had been missing along with a harsh winter and other conditions, Paul believes the situation was indicative that his father had most likely succumbed to a heart attack or quickly met a similar fate while hunting. Despite multiple lengthy and thorough searches by air and on foot with canines, the dense forest obscured his location for nearly a year. “It’s just that thick in there,” Paul explained.
According to a press release from the Summit County Sheriff, “On October 14, 2019 at 8:55 p.m. the Summit County Sheriff’s Office received information that Carl L. Crumrine, 69 years old from West Virginia, had not been seen since 5:30 a.m. on October 14th… A member of the hunting group contacted law enforcement after Carl had not returned after sunset. Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Summit County Search & Rescue personnel deployed resources on the evening of October 14th… Our sincere condolences are with the Crumrine family and friends as they mourn the loss of Carl. We appreciate the many personnel, agencies and resources that worked diligently over the past year to find Carl and bring closure to his family.”
Paul said he was headed to Randolph County for a quiet hunt alone to reflect on his father’s life and long-awaited recovery Friday, as he knew a couple busy weeks were in store for the family. Paul and his sister, Danielle plan to travel to Utah with their father’s longtime hunting companion to visit the location where he was found to say a prayer and finally bring their loved one back home to West Virginia. The family will share plans for a memorial service once arrangements are finalized.