Teams looking for US senator's brother find body

Posted at: 07/03/2013 8:51 PM
Updated at: 07/03/2013 9:33 PM
By: Steve Mieczkowski,; the Associated Press

Tom Udall
Tom Udall

The family of Colorado Sen. Mark Udall says searchers looking for his brother in western Wyoming's Wind River Range have found his body.

James "Randy" Udall had left June 20 for a weeklong solo backpacking trip and was due back a week ago.

Sen. Mark Udall's office released a statement from the family Wednesday night saying the 61-year-old's body had been found. The family says that while an autopsy is forthcoming, it appears he died of natural causes.

The family says he died doing what he loved most: hiking his favorite mountain range in the world.

He'd indicated to his wife he planned to head for the scenic Titcomb Basin. His family says it appears he was on the obscure, off-trail route that he had proposed to his family.

Udall was also a cousin of New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall, and son of the late Arizona Rep. Morris "Mo" Udall.

Tom Udall issued the following statement:

"My family and I are moved by the overwhelming support and condolences for my cousin Randy Udall. He was an extraordinary person who touched so many lives with his spirit, his intelligence and his example. His death is a tremendous loss, and we will miss him more than I can express. There was no one like him.
"Randy and I were especially close. We shared a love of the mountains and a passion for the wonders of the West, particularly the Wind River Mountains where we hiked and fished together nearly every summer for three decades. He died doing what he loved, and that is a blessing."