18-year-old woman hiking in Adams Canyon found dead


DAVIS COUNTY, Utah – An overdue hiker was found dead at the bottom of a 70-foot cliff in Adams Canyon Saturday night.

Alexys Hipwell, 18, of Layton, left for a hike on her own earlier in the day. At about 5 p.m., her parents received a Snapchat from her taken somewhere in the waterfall area, said Brent Peters, undersheriff for Davis County Sheriff’s Office.

Hours later, Peters said, the teen’s parents came up to find their daughter and discovered her car was still in the parking lot near the trailhead. At that point they called authorities and search and rescue responded to the scene at about 9:30 p.m.

According to family, Peters said, the woman came to Adams Canyon frequently and was familiar with the area.

The woman’s body was eventually found somewhere near the waterfall area. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, Hipwell was found at the bottom of a 70-foot cliff around 12:20 a.m. Sunday.

While a medical examiner will investigate, at this time detectives believe no foul play was involved and that Hipwell “most likely slipped and fell due to the weather conditions in the area where she was found.”