Missing Iowa Student Found Dead in Utah’s National Park after a Days-Long Search

Junie Sihlangu
Mar 19, 2019
11:28 A.M.

Last Tuesday, a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Iowa was reported missing. For the following days, a number of crews searched for him to no avail.


Tragically, his body was found on Friday at the base of the Green River Overlook.

Jonathan Hogue, 33, from Iowa went missing while he was hiking in Canyonlands National Park in Utah. When his body was finally discovered, officials said they believed he had fallen.

They believed he’d fallen 500 feet to his death but a formal investigation is still underway. Hogue’s vehicle was discovered on Sunday near the overlook in Canyonlands National Park’s Island in the Sky section.


A trip itinerary was never found. He was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Iowa and was described as an avid hiker who enjoyed long distance and off-trail hikes.


The student who had a PhD geography liked drawing and painting and his dream was to become a park ranger. The University of Iowa shared their condolences upon hearing about Hogue's death.

They wrote:

“Update: We’re sad to share that Jonathon Hogue has passed away. Our thoughts continue to be with his family and friends.”


In an email to the University of Iowa community interim Dean of Students Angie Reams said: “We are saddened by the loss of a student from the Hawkeye family,” and “… Our thoughts are with Jonathon’s family, friends, and loved ones.”

Anyone who was in the area of Green River Overlook at Island in the Sky, between Sunday and now, who has any information relating to the case is asked to contact the police. You can Call or Text the ISB Tip Line on 888-653-0009.

Or go online: www.nps.gov/ISB and click "Submit a Tip" or via email, nps_isb@nps.gov


Last month, an unnamed engineering graduate student and researcher was found dead in an Engineering Quad laboratory called the Paul G. Allen building. It was believed that the student committed suicide.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.

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