Officials investigating after man dies at Rainbow Family Gathering

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HEBER CITY, Utah — Officials responded to a death Sunday morning at a gathering being held by the Rainbow Family about 15 miles east of Heber City in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

According to a press release from the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement identified 68-year-old Timothy R. Gillespie of Cushing, Texas as the deceased.

Friends of the man told officials they saw the man retire to his tent at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. When the man did not come out of his tent Sunday morning they were concerned, and they checked on him at about 7:30 a.m., which is when they found the man had died.

According to the press release, the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether criminality exists in this case, and they are working with the State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

The release further stated: “Law enforcement officers from the U.S. Forest Service, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah Highway Patrol worked to protect and ensure the safety of investigators as they entered the Rainbow Gathering and investigated the death—we greatly appreciate their professionalism and skill and the way they serve this community and their respective agencies.

In addition, the Emery County Sheriff’s Office, Heber City Police Department and various Wasatch County departments have been great partners as we have all worked through the challenges presented by the Rainbow Family Gathering, which officially starts July 1st and apparently ends July 7th.”

FOX 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.


    • misty

      It was a heart attack. So was the other death. When people are old. And have heart conditions. And try to live at 9600 ft. It puts a lot of stress on you. But what better place to go. In the woodssurrounded by family. In your sleep.

  • devin

    Tim Gillespie was a friend of mine. He opened his home and heart to me when I was a lost young man. I can honestly say I am a better person for knowing him.

  • Too Many Mormons

    I’m sorry for your loss. Don’t take to heart the negativity of the people around here toward the Rainbow Family. These poor 7 generations inbred folk don’t know any better than to detest everything is different that they know. Mental defects are a real problem when you are considering family trees that look more like poles.

    Every year, a couple to a handful of boyscouts are lost, many never to be seen again, and everyone just chalks it up as part of the youth experience and pats each other on the back for a job well done.

    If the people who get injured or die in the back country are anything less than card-carrying mormons or their spawn, the majority of people around here seem to think they had to have had it coming for their sinning ways.

    • Bob

      A little humor for you TOO MANY MORMONS. The comment from Mike Hunt above that set off your rant on Mormons – Will Mike Hunt is one of your kind. He hates the Mormons too.

      • Chubby Kid From South Park

        I get a kick out of seeing a bigot hating on another bigot who hates the same people HE does. You people can’t keep track of your own hate.

        I’d like to know when was the last time a Boy Scout named Hitler stabbed another Scout, or the last time the Scouts tried to steal a woman’s purse in a parking lot.

    • Chubby Kid From South Park

      Every year “man Boy Scouts are lost, never to be seen again”???

      Please provide us with last year’s list of names.

  • Bob

    What’s with all the hate and bigotry TOO MANY MORMONS? You comment tells us much more about you than it does about those that have filled your heart with hate.
    Instead of blubbering about the Boy Scouts how about volunteering the mentor the youth, or do you hate them too?

    • Chubby Kid From South Park

      Oh, he hates them too. Count on it. “Hate” and “liberal” are inseparable.

  • sir David Saint Hubbins

    Insecure/ unsuccessful bigots always finds a group to blame their problems on. They’re lazy , overweight, undersized, deviant , dirty, unsuccessful etc ……’s always the Mormons fault. Or the Jews. But never their own. Just saying

  • Donald Schiff (Paldon)

    I was the last person to see Tim Bear alive, and I found his body. This wonderful man, my best friend, used all the strength his failing health allowed to get up that mountain. He died peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by people who loved him and whom he had generously served in countless ways for almost half his life.

    I want to add that Law Enforcement was kind and respectful to us. Only Fox News 13 has any doubt about the circumstances of his passing.

  • Quinn

    We should look at keeping the comments in memorial. The man died surrounded by what he loves, hopefully in his sleep. We know this much. There’s no need to answer negativity with negativity.

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