PINEDALE, Wy. - The body of Randy Udall, brother of Colorado Senator Mark Udall, was found on an obscure, off-trail route in the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming, family members said.
The Sublette County Sheriff's Office said an aerial search team spotted a man laying on his side in open, rolling terrain Wednesday. The helicopter landed and two search and rescue personnel identified the body as Udall.
Udall's family said it appears he died of natural causes and foul play is not suspected. An autopsy will be conducted in Loveland.
Udall left on a week-long, solo backpacking trip June 20. He was reported missing June 28.
Udall was an alternative energy advocate and environmentalist from Carbondale. He was an experienced backpacker who had hiked the Wind River many times over the past 30 years.
The Udall family released this 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."
Udall was the cousin of New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall and son of the late Arizona Rep. Morris "Mo" Udall.