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Body of missing hiker Jetal Agnihotri found four days after she swept in flash flood in Utah trail

BY Anas Shah Aug 24, 2022. 11:25 am UPDATED: Aug 24, 2022. 11:25 am

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Jetal Agnihotri’s  body has been discovered four days after she was washed away by flash floods on a well-traveled trail in Utah.

In southern Utah on Friday, Jetal Agnihotri, 29, was discovered dead after being separated from her group.

The woman from Tucson, Arizona was hiking in the Narrows area of Zion National Park with her two college companions when the flood waters rushed in and carried her away.

On Friday at 2:15 pm, park officials received a report that several hikers had been swept away by a flash flood.

A search and rescue crew located Agnihotri’s body on Monday night after a four-day search.

About six river miles south of the Narrows, near the Court of the Patriarchs, they discovered her in the Virgin River.

Agnihotri was declared dead after the medical examiner was summoned.

She is no longer there, according to her brother Pujan Agnihotri, who went from Texas to assist in the hunt.

The search for Agnihotri’s missing daughter also involved the parents’ journey from Arizona.

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She had a buddy who thought she would survive the flash flood.

They told WGME before to her being discovered dead: “I mean, she’s one of the hardest girls I have ever seen in my life.

She can fight that river and get out, I’m very certain of it.

Before the University of Arizona’s autumn term began, Mostafa Javadian, Jetal’s friend who was with her at the park, explained that they wanted to explore the region.

According to reports, Javadian and his pals left after finding out about flash floods.

According to the buddy, Jetal stated that she intended to remain and explore the Narrows.

She was meant to meet up with her friends that evening at a nearby parking lot around 5:30, but she never showed up.

Zion National Park Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh expressed his sincere condolences to Jetal Agnihotri’s friends and family.”

The hunt for the hiker involved numerous agencies and more than 170 responses.

Responders dispatched search dogs and swift water-trained rescuers, and they spent “Searching in and around the Virgin River took more than 1,500 person-hours in all, according to the authorities.

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During the hunt, the weather was meticulously watched, especially the rate at which rain from the seasonal monsoon rivers caused the river to flow.

In response to Friday’s incident, park rangers swiftly assisted hikers who had become stranded or injured.

As hiking groups left the Narrows and Riverside Walk on Friday afternoon and evening, rangers spoke with them to make sure no one was missing.

The Salt Lake Tribune said that one injured hiker was brought to the hospital, while others were left stranded until the water levels dropped low enough for park authorities to safely rescue them.

The missing 29-year-old was not reported to the park until later that evening.

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