The body of a veterinarian, discovered Tuesday in a canyon in Utah by search and rescue volunteers, has been identified as that of Alexander Wiatt Roland Scott, 28, of Silver Spring. Authorities called his death a recreational accident.

Police in Salt Lake City said Scott, a first-year graduate student in pathology at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, apparently went hiking alone Saturday in Big Cottonwood Canyon, a popular backpacking and rock-climbing area 10 miles east of Salt Lake City, and fell 200 feet off a vertical rock face.

Scott was in Salt Lake City to present a paper at a medical conference at the University of Utah.

A colleague reported him missing Monday when he failed to appear for his 4 p.m. lecture that day, said Capt. Mike Wilkinson of the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department.

Scott's body was discovered about 10 a.m. Tuesday at an elevation of 10,000 feet after a rescue team with dogs had searched the canyon for more than eight hours.

Wilkinson said Scott's colleagues described him as a hiking enthusiast. His body was found with a backpack that contained a nylon sleeping sack and some snacks.