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Police identify body found near Jordan River as male

By Haley Smith and Pat Reavy | Posted - Jul 12th, 2013 @ 5:16pm

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SANDY — Unified police detectives are combing through a muddy, wooded area along the Jordan River after the discovery of a badly decomposed body.

A motorist whose vehicle got stuck in the mud discovered the body just after 1 a.m. near 700 West and 9000 South. About a dozen detectives were on the scene Friday morning searching for possible evidence and trying to identify the body.

The body is of an adult, but was in such an advanced stage of decomposition that officers could not initially tell if it was a male or female. It was later confirmed by the Utah Medical Examiner to be a male.

It was discovered about 1:15 a.m. near 9000 South and 700 West near the Jordan River.

A man was driving on dirt roads next to the river when he became stuck in the mud, said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal. While attempting to get his car out of the mud, the man discovered the body in a wooded area.

The death was being treated as suspicious until proven otherwise Friday morning and was being investigated by homicide detectives.

Hoyal said an autopsy would give investigators an idea of how long the body had been there.

There are several homeless camps along the Jordan, police said.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.


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