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UPDATED: Weber County man dies after suffering medical emergency while snowmobiling in Cache County

By Ryan Aston - | Mar 1, 2024

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CACHE COUNTY — A Weber County man is dead after experiencing a medical emergency while snowmobiling in a remote area of Cache County on Thursday.

Per a release from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office, the 51-year-old man — later identified as Evan Howard Heise — was riding in an area known as Scare Canyon — located about 10 miles south of the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area — when the incident occurred.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., the man reportedly began to experience shortness of breath, which prompted him to stop his vehicle. After alerting others to his situation, he remained stopped while they moved quickly to an area where they could make a call for help.

As noted on the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website, cell service is not available in the Hardware Ranch WMA.

Upon their return to the area, the man was found on the ground and unresponsive, according to the release. The individuals reportedly attempted life-saving measures until authorities arrived on scene and continued the effort.

Life Flight, Cache County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Cache County Search and Rescue Team arrived “very shortly after the call for help had been made,” per the release.

“Notwithstanding the best intentions and efforts of emergency services personnel and other coadjutors in rendering professional aid, and despite the expeditious response of emergency personnel to this remote area of Cache County, life-saving efforts proved unsuccessful,” the release stated.

The man was pronounced dead on the scene by a medical examiner.

Emergency vehicles equipped for off-road and winter terrain were used by search and rescue officials to transport the man’s body to the upper parking lot of the Hardware Ranch visitor’s center, where a mortuary representative took custody.


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