Body of Randy Udall, brother of Colorado Senator Mark Udall, found by search and rescue team

Family: Udall died of natural causes

A search team aboard a helicopter in Wyoming found the body of Randy Udall, brother of Colorado Senator Mark Udall, Wednesday afternoon.

According to the local sheriff's office, Udall disappeared while hiking in the backcountry of the Wind River Mountains, near the town of Pinedale.

The search for Udall began Friday afternoon and continued over the weekend with assistance from the U.S. Forest Service. The search area was approximately 225 square miles.

According to Stephen Smith, spokesman for the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office, Udall's body was spotted in rolling terrain. The search team landed to examine the body and identified it as Randy Udall.

One of the search and rescue team members stayed with the body while the helicopter returned to pick up a detective, Smith said. Later, the body was taken back to Pinedale by the local coroner.

Smith says the Udall family requested an autopsy be performed in Loveland, but foul play is not suspected.

The Udall family shared this statement after the announcement:

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Randy. Randy's body was discovered today by the heroic search and rescue team that worked for days to locate him in a remote area of the Wind River Range of Wyoming. Our family is extremely grateful to Sublette County Sheriff Dave Lankford, his staff, Tip Top Search and Rescue, the United States Forest Service, Wyoming Air National Guard, and all others involved for their tireless efforts over the past several days. Although an autopsy is forthcoming, it appears he died of natural causes.

"Randy left this earth doing what he loved most: hiking in his most favorite mountain range in the world. He appeared to be on the obscure, off-trail route that he had proposed to his family. The entire Udall family is touched beyond words by the tremendous outpouring of support from people around the country. Randy's passing is a reminder to all of us to live every day to its fullest, just as he did."

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