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SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah - The Summit County Sheriff's Department is searching for a 74-year-old overdue hiker near Crystal Lake in the Wasatch Cache National Forest.

Lt. Andrew Wright said Melvin Heaps, from Arizona, went out on a day hike Monday and told his family to notify authorities if he did not return by a certain time.

His son called authorities at midnight.

Search and rescue crews found the man's car at the Crystal Lake trail head.

Officials said the man is an experienced hiker and is familiar with the area.

Overdue hiker, 74-year-old Melvin Heaps, missing near Crystal Lake in the Wasatch Cache National Forest.

Overdue hiker, 74-year-old Melvin Heaps, missing near Crystal Lake in the Wasatch Cache National Forest.

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