AUTHORITIES HAVE RECOVERED THE BODY -- OF A 64-YEAR-OLD TOURIST -- WHO FELL TO HIS DEATH, WHILE HIKING AT SNOWBIRD SKI RESORT.

POLICE SAY WILLIAM PIERCE, OF CHICAGO, TOOK THE TRAM UP THE MOUNTAIN, AND TEXTED HIS FAMILY A PHOTO FROM ON TOP.

THAT WAS THE LAST THE FAMILY HEARD FROM HIM.

THEY REPORTED HIM MISSING 36 HOURS LATER -- AFTER HE MISSED A FLIGHT, BACK TO ILLINOIS -- AND HIS BODY WAS FOUND, THE NEXT DAY.