Hiker's haunting final video message before he vanished into thin air leaving a trail of footprints and an empty truck | The Sun

A HIKER sent a chilling video clip before he vanished without a trace, cops have said.

Austin Madsen, 32, was reported missing in Utah on January 29 and has not yet been found.

Footage shared online by his wife Emily shows the hiker exploring the landscape and trudging through the deep snow.

Dad of two Austin, originally from Ohio, shared a 360 shot of the terrain and said: “The ocean’s coming back brother.”

Emily revealed that he had sent the short clip to his friend.

The ping from Austin’s cell phone helped cops find his empty truck in the Dry Hollow Area of Mount Dutton.

He was believed to have been driving a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, according to FOX13.

And, cops also spotted a trail of footprints that they believe were left by the hiker.

Cops and rescue crews have been combing the landscape for several days before search efforts were paused on January 31 due to extreme weather.

Officers have said that the low temperatures, high winds, and deep snow have made search efforts “complicated.”

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Temperatures in the Mount Dutton area have plunged to bone-chilling lows of -6F (-21C) but search efforts haven’t been called off.

Police have said that Austin's family has not heard from him since last weekend.

They revealed that he reportedly told them that he was going to Arizona.

Emily told KUTV: “It’s not common for him to go this long without any sort of communication.

“I talked to him via FaceTime and he was snowshoeing and looked like he was having fun, but then he was looking for the truck was going to get down and I haven’t heard from him since.”

Emily has described the ordeal as “really unbearable” adding: “I didn’t think I’d have to go through something like this.”

She told KUTV that she doesn’t think her husband has been to Mount Dutton before.

But, she revealed online that Austin is an outdoorsman and has previously done backpacking and is “pretty resilient” to “far travels.”

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Mount Dutton is located around 230 miles south of the state capital Salt Lake City.

Cops have confirmed that the search remains ongoing.

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