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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, April 23, 2010

Kauai officials confirm body is that of missing hiker

Advertiser Staff

Kauai County officials have confirmed that the body found Wednesday in Wailua Valley is that of Ryan Soper, a visitor who had missing for nearly a week.

Soper, 26, of Orem, Utah, was on a guided kayaking and hiking tour with his wife and in-laws April 15 when he became separated from the group.

Soper's body was found Wednesday by Kauai resident John Bohling at the base of a waterfall upstream from the more frequently visited Secret Falls.

Soper died of a massive head injury, a Kauai County spokeswoman said.