Fearing He'd Die, Lost Utah Hiker Wrote Wife Final Note: 'I'm So Sorry I Left You to Be a Single Mom'

Kaden Laga was found alive after vanishing in the wilderness for five days.
Kaden Laga (center) was found alive after vanishing in the wilderness for five days. Facebook / Search for Kaden Laga

Lost in the wilderness, Kaden Laga felt he had no choice but to pen a heartbreaking note for his wife. 

Laga, 25, got lost on the Idaho-Montana border while horseback riding with his family earlier this month, according to KTSU. After one of the horses was injured, Laga offered up his own horse and said he would walk. He ended up getting ahead of the others and taking a wrong turn. 

Soon, he noticed he was hopelessly lost. 

Alone in the mountains, Laga wrote his wife, Arden, a message should he be found dead. 

"I just said, 'In case I don’t make it out of here, I love you. I loved my life with you and I’m so sorry I left you to be a single mom,'" he told KTSU.

Thankfully, it didn't come to that. Laga was found Friday, five days after he vanished. He miraculously walked into someone else's campsite because they had decided to leave a headlight on while sleeping.

In that moment, Laga said, he felt as though he were being watched over.

“It’s a real tangible feeling that I felt every minute that I was lost," Laga said. "That I could feel people praying for me.” 

Laga is now home in Utah, safe and sound.


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