Lubbock Police say dental records have confirmed a body found in the Utah wilderness is that of 61-year-old Michael Leonard Krasnick. NewsChannel 11 first told you about this story in early September, when friends alerted Lubbock Police that Krasnick had disappeared.
Krasnick moved to Lubbock from Austin in late June. He'd been accepted to graduate school at Texas Tech University and was awarded a teaching fellowship, but Krasnick never showed up. His brother, Marc, tells NewsChannel 11 that Krasnick planned a hiking trip to get away before starting the program.
On Saturday, Utah authorities told Marc they had recovered his brother's truck and a body with his I.D. Both were in a very remote area near Monticello, Utah. "His passion was to be in the outdoors and enjoy the beauty and solitude and serenity of these remote areas. He was feeling great about life at this time and so excited about being able to begin this new program, so he was doing what he loved," Marc Krasnick said.
Lubbock Police tell NewsChannel 11 there are no signs of foul play or trauma to the body. Investigators found Krasnick lying on his back, using his pack as a pillow. His brother believes it could be a tragic accident or a medical condition.
An autopsy is scheduled in Salt Lake City.
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