OGDEN — The body found on Mount Ogden this week has been identified as a missing Weber State University student.
The Utah Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday identified the body as that of Juan Pablo Brant, 27, who was last seen between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Wells Fargo Bank at 4301 Harrison Blvd., Ogden.
Brant’s body was found Monday by Snowbasin Ski Patrol officials near the antenna towers at the top of Mount Ogden.
“He loved to frequent the foothills,“ said Allison Barlow-Hess, spokeswoman for WSU.
Hess said his family lives out of state. Some of the family members are now in Utah to assist with identification.
Hess said Brant was raised in California and Washington before he came to Utah to attend Weber State.
Brant started his studies at Weber State in 2010 and was seeking a bachelor’s degree in integrated studies, Hess said.
“At this time, we’re thinking (Brant) had hiked up there and then succumbed to the elements, but that is all speculation,” she said.
Helicopters from Air-Med and Utah Department of Public Service were used to assist Weber County Sheriff’s Office mountain rescue personnel in recovering the body, said Weber County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Lowther.
Brant’s body was found Monday afternoon at about 8,400 feet, but recovery efforts had to wait until Tuesday because of the weather.
The area is out of bounds for skiers, but the ski patrol goes into the area to check it.
Lowther had said, as a result of the cold temperatures, it is difficult to tell how long the body has been at the site. He said there were no signs of decomposition or foul play.
No cause of death was released Friday.