Cedar City man dies in hiking accident


Shaw Trent Phillipsen

By Holly Coombs
holly@ironcountytoday.com

Cedar City man Shaw Trent Phillipsen died last Sunday after he was found in a rugged area in the hills just east of Cedar City by Iron County Search and Rescue Ropes Team, in conjunction with the Utah Highway Patrol helicopter.

Phillipsen, 22, had been hiking in the area and was filed as a missing person at the beginning of last week after he could not be located Sunday afternoon.

He was located Wednesday and as detectives processed the scene, Phillipsen’s body was airlifted and transported to the Medical Examiner for further determination of the cause of death.

Cedar City Police Department thanked the efforts of the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Iron County Search and Rescue, Utah Highway Patrol, Gold Cross Ambulance and SUU Aviation for their assistance and support during this effort. 

“Our condolences go out to the Phillipsen family at this tragic time,” the press release stated.

PHOTO courtesy of Cedar City Police Department

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