JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said searchers have located the body of a lost hiker.

Deputies and numerous other officers and experts spent hours in the heat searching an area at Lake Jacomo, near Blue Springs.

Deputies used boats, a drone, K9s, park rangers and other equipment to the wooded area for the missing man in his 30s.

Jackson County Sheriff Darryl Forte said the hiker was last heard from around midnight when he lost phone contact with a friend. No one’s heard from him since then.

Deputies began searching for the man overnight. They left the area for several hours and resumed searching with the help of park rangers Monday morning.

Temperatures over the noon hour were in the low 90s with a heat index making it feel like 99 degrees.

Officers have not said how the hiker died, or if heat may have played a role in his death. Investigators are looking into the man’s death.

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