The body of Nathan Bronson, missing from Orem since September 26, was found October 4 in Provo Canyon. He appears to have taken his own life. There are resources available for those struggling with thoughts of suicide.
*** PRESS RELEASE October 5, 2020 ***
Nathaniel "Nate" Bronson, 26, of Orem, was last seen by family on September 26. After finding a note on October 1 that Nate wrote to a family member they called Orem Police to report him missing. In that note he said things leading family to believe Nate intended to harm himself. He had challenges and apparently felt he could no longer face them.
Orem Police asked for assistance from the Utah County Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue. Family searched Provo Canyon on October 2-3 with volunteers. After social media posts by the Sheriff's Office, a citizen called with information that led Sheriff's Office investigators to a location near Bridal Veil Falls. There they found the Nate. He was deceased, and while autopsy results are pending, it appears that Nate took his own life. His family released the following statement:
"We want to thank all those who have been searching alongside us to find Nathan Bronson.
"On Sunday night his body was found by the Search and Rescue team. His family is grieving his loss and remembering his life. He will be deeply and profoundly missed.
"Nathan has brought so many people together, family, friends, friends of friends, even total strangers. It was incredibly inspiring to see so many of you come together for us and for him.
"Without everyone rallying together, we never would have found leads and the footage that put Nathan in the area where he was later found.
"Everyone’s involvement, all those who trekked all over the mountain, those who coordinated drones flights, those who spread the word on social media, the KSL news crew, everyone caring so much got us connected and led to him being located.
"We are so thankful for everyone on the search and rescue team. So thankful that they were able to join us this weekend to find him.
"Nathan was a light in our lives. He means so much to all of us, and it meant so much to see so many others caring.
"Thank you so much everyone."
There are resources readily available to anyone who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. If you or someone you know is in an emergency situation, please call 911. If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). #SuicidePrevention #StigmaFree
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office.
(801)404-1912 - Cell (Best)
(801)851-4333 - Office
Twitter: @SGTCannonPIO or @UCSO