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Rescuers find body of Colorado senator’s brother

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A search team found the body of Senator Mark Udall’s brother in western Wyoming’s Wind River Range after he did not return from a solo backpacking trip, Udall’s family said.

James ‘‘Randy’’ Udall, 61, had left June 20 for the weeklong trek, setting off from a trailhead 10 miles northwest of Pinedale. He was due back a week ago.

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An aerial team spotted Udall’s body on its side, in open, rolling terrain Wednesday afternoon, Sublette County sheriff’s officials said. The body was taken to Pinedale.

The office of Mark Udall, a Democrat of Colorado, released a statement from the family saying that although an autopsy is forthcoming, it appears his brother died of natural causes.

‘‘Randy left this earth doing what he loved most: hiking in his most favorite mountain range,’’ the family said.

He had indicated on a sign-in sheet at the trailhead that he planned to head for the scenic Titcomb Basin.

Randy Udall was an environmentalist and energy efficiency-advocate whose family has been active in politics. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico is a cousin. His uncle, Stewart Udall, was interior secretary in the 1960s.

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