Sen. Mark Udall's Brother's Body Found In Wyoming

Credit: KCNC/Sublette County Sheriff's Office
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The body of Senator Mark Udall's brother has been found in Wyoming.

James "Randy" Udall disappeared while on a backpacking trip in the Wind River Range in Wyoming. It was a place he often went backpacking over the past 30 years. He was reported missing Friday and search teams have been looking for him ever since.

At this point, foul play is not suspected in his death. There will be an autopsy, but his family says it appears he died of natural causes. Their statement is below:

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Randy. Randy's body was discovered today by the heroic search and rescue team that worked for days to locate him in a remote area of the Wind River Range of Wyoming. Our family is extremely grateful to Sublette County Sheriff Dave Lankford, his staff, Tip Top Search and Rescue, the United States Forest Service, Wyoming Air National Guard, and all others involved for their tireless efforts over the past several days. Although an autopsy is forthcoming, it appears he died of natural causes.

Randy left this earth doing what he loved most: hiking in his most favorite mountain range in the world. He appeared to be on the obscure, off-trail route that he had proposed to his family. The entire Udall family is touched beyond words by the tremendous outpouring of support from people around the country. Randy's passing is a reminder to all of us to live every day to its fullest, just as he did."

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