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Gila County Sheriff's Office confirms body located in Tonto National Forest is missing hiker, Shiloh Dorsett

Posted at 2:40 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 17:07:47-05

GILA COUNTY, AZ — The Gila County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the body located near Roosevelt Lake in the Tonto National Forest is that of missing hiker, Shiloh Dorsett.

GCSO says Dorsett's body was located Monday in the area where searchers were looking for a missing hiker that hasn't been seen since Saturday.

Authorities said Dorsett and another hiker were canyoneering - an extreme form of hiking - when the area was hit by flash flooding on Saturday. GCSO said Dorsett's friend was able to hike out and get help, but Dorsett was swept away by flood waters.

Deputies attempted to perform a search-and-rescue operation after Dorsett was reported missing, but were unable to do so at the time because of the rushing water.

Dorsett's family issued the following statement Monday afternoon:

The family of Shiloh Dorsett wants to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this time. They are overwhelmed and so grateful for the outpouring of love and support. Shiloh is remembered as a loving husband of 11 years and a father of a sweet 10 year old girl who he loved spending time with. Shiloh was an avid outdoorsman, rock climber and loved canyoneering and bird watching.Attached is a photo and Facebook post from Shiloh’s wife.The family requests privacy at this time.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family. If you would like to help, you can donate here.