Hikers haunting final five-word video message before vanishing in wilderness

A hiker's chilling last words before vanishing off the face of the Earth have been shared, with the missing man leaving only a truck and some footprints.

On January 29 in Mount Dutton Utah, USA, Austin Madsen was reported missing and, at the time of writing, there is still no sign of him.

The dad-of-two from Ohio is understood to have sent a video clip to his friend while he was out hiking.

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As he trekked through deep snow, he sent the friend a 360 degrees clip where Austin can be heard saying: “The ocean’s coming back brother.”

The clip has since been shared by Austin’s wife Emily, who confirmed that the recording had been sent to a friend.

His car was found in the Dry Hollow Area of Mount Dutton, located by police officers using GPS tracking data in Austin’s phone.

Fox13 reports that the car was a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, with a set of footprints believed to belong to Austin found next to it.

Efforts to find the father were put on hold on January 31 as bad weather forced search teams to take a break from their efforts, which had been going on for days.

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They say that the efforts to find Austin have been “complicated” by deep snow and strong winds, with temperatures reaching as low as minus 21C.

Despite the pause, the search remains ongoing and efforts are expected to continue to find the missing man.

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, who didn’t think Austin had been to Mount Dutton before, added: “I didn’t think I’d have to go through something like this.”

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