Search continues for avid trail runner missing in American Fork Canyon

Dozens searched in American Fork Canyon Friday for a man who has been missing for two days. 28-year-old Derrik Jenkins from Pleasant Grove never came home Wednesday night. (Photo courtesy of Derrik Jenkin's Instagram)

(KUTV) -- Dozens searched in American Fork Canyon Friday for a man who has been missing for two days.

28-year-old Derrik Jenkins from Pleasant Grove never came home Wednesday night.

Two nights on the mountain, five degrees at night, it’s going to be a tough one to stick out.

Johnathan Scott is a trail runner and one of Jenkins' best friend.

“It’s not a good thing for us trial runners to go missing. A couple hours, you took an extra trail or something, definitely not 24 hours,” he said.

Scott said Wednesday night Jenkins was supposed to see his little girls Halloween costumes, but he didn’t. He then didn’t show up for work the next morning. Scott said he knew something was wrong,

I am worried at this point.

Scott said Jenkins is on a mission to summit 100 of Wasatch mountain’s peaks.

They know by pictures on his phone and his car being found in the Granite Flat Campground parking lot he was likely hiking in the Box Elder Peak area.

Just about everyday after work he’d go out and attempt to summit and so this was just another day in his book.

BJ Hubbard is a longtime friend who came out to help search for Jenkins. He said Jenkins is an Eagle Scout and climbed 450,000-feet in elevation this year alone.

“He spends a lot of time in the mountains, he’s just kind of the right type of guy that would be able to survive these conditions,” Hubbard said.

Utah County Search and Rescue Crews searched on the ground and in the air with the help of the Department of Public Safety.

Dozens of trail runners and volunteers showed up to help search. Both his friends said they aren’t giving up hope.

“We will spend as much time as we need to out here until he’s found,” said Hubbard.

Scott added,

We are not going to stop searching.



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